Cop turned noted whistleblower Amitabh Thakur gets marching orders

Lucknow: For those who have followed the Amitabh Thakur trajectory, his forced retirement is not a surprise. A man known to show the government a mirror he has often been targeted for being the ace whistleblower. In the Home Ministry screening, 3 IPS officers including Uttar Pradesh-based IPS Amitabh Thakur have been found unsuitable for government service. Amitabh Thakur (IG Rules and Manual) is pending investigation in all the cases, while Rajesh Krishna (general, 10th Battalion, Barabanki) has been accused of scam in police recruitment in Azamgarh.

Apart from these, Rakesh Shankar (DIG Establishment) was accused of a suspicious role in the Deoria Shelter Home case. The three IPS were also accused of serious irregularities.

An order was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on 17 March 2021 that Amitabh Thakur is not fit to be retained in service in the public interest.

In order of this order, now the order has been issued by the home department of the state to give them VRS or say ‘forcibly retired’.

As per the order issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Uttar Pradesh, Avnish Kumar Awasthi by order dated 17 March 2021 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, they wanted to maintain Amitabh Thakur as IPS, RR-1992 in service in the public interest.

Under sub-rule 3 of Rule 16 of All India Services (DCRB) Rules-1958, it has been decided to retire him before completion of service in public interest with immediate effect.

In the order issued by the Home Department, the Additional Chief Secretary has further written that according to the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs, according to the Governor’s rules, Amitabh Thakur should be retired with immediate effect in public interest before completion of service and pay him an amount equal to his salary and allowances for three months. The funds, which are directed to be issued at the same rate as the amount being withdrawn by him immediately before his retirement.

Amitabh Thakur himself gave information on this matter by tweeting. In his response, he tweeted and wrote that I just received the VRS (Retirement in Public Interest) order. The government no longer needs my services. Jai Hind !

Amitabh Thakur, a 1992 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, had opened fronts against former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh and also filed a case against him in Lucknow. After this, Akhilesh Yadav government also filed a case against him. Five departmental actions were also taken against him. The charge against him was that while starting the service of IPS on 16 November 1993, the details of his assets were not given to the government. (23 March 2021)

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