Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

Will IPS officer Amitabh Thakur suspension be Akhilesh govt’s waterloo?

Lucknow: The suspension of Inspector General of Civil Defence Amitabh Thakur is proof that the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh has not learnt from past mistakes.

IPS officer Amitabh Thakur's battle with Mulayam Singh Yadav may hurt the government

IPS officer Amitabh Thakur’s battle with Mulayam Singh Yadav may hurt the Akhilesh government.

The state government had annoyed almost everyone in 2013 by suspending Durga Shakti Nagpal, the then Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Budh Nagar.

Within a few hours of her being removed, Narendra Bhati, chairman of UP Agro, with the rank of state minister, had held a public meeting in Kadalpur village in Greater Noida and claimed that it was he who had spoken to the CM, and her suspension order was faxed within 41 minutes.

The state’s health minister Ahmad Hasan then added fuel to the fire by claiming that Nagpal had a dubious background.

A witch-hunt was started against her just because she had refused to be an accomplice to the crimes of some SP leaders, who were believed to have been involved in illegal sand mining, allegedly patronised by Bhati.

Trying to make her fall in line, the state government started to find out everything related to her and her family.
The IAS officer’s suspension was revoked after 56 days, only when she tendered an apology to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Today IPS officer Amitabh Thakur’s case is not very different.

Sources claim he has been “bullied” by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav because he was taking on cases of corruption against Mining Minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati and other ministers in the Akhilesh government.

When Thakur tried to file an FIR against Mulayam, Akhilesh decided to suspend him.

Now, sources claim, all departments of the state government are after Thakur to defame his character.
Already, the political gamesmanship has begun. A woman from Ghaziabad, believed to be connected with the SP, had named Thakur in a dubious rape case, for which the police gave him a clean chit only two months ago.

Added to that, Hasan has continued to make allegations about Thakur’s honesty again and again.

A debate started in political circles in 2013, after the suspension of Nagpal, that the SP would be reduced to 100-120 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections because of the anger of the people.

Now sources hold that Thakur’s suspension has brought down the SP’s stock to 50-60 seats.
As far as the government is concerned, the war against Thakur will have its consequences.

It is almost clear now that the rape charge against him will fall flat in the coming days.

Further, Thakur is also seen as a social activist, who is held in high regard.

Thirdly, he is in no mood to tender an apology. Instead, he is gearing up to fight his battle and as the controversy unwinds, the state government is likely to lose face.

Thakur has also moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to challenge the appointment of a set of police officers to probe all the cases related to him.

According to the law, such an inquiry against an IPS officer cannot be started unless he has replied to the allegations against him.

But this is only the beginning.

Since the Lucknow police have refused to register a case against Mulayam for threatening Thakur, the officer is preparing to move the Allahabad High Court.

He has an audio-tape of the conversation in which Mulayam is apparently heard threatening him.

Although there is no doubt that an FIR doesn’t mean anything for Mulayam as an individual, his party’s political graph will further slide if Thakur gets the court’s respite.

Besides the mistake made in the case of Nagpal, Mulayam and Akhilesh should have remembered the blunder of 2006 when SP’s goons tried to take over Lucknow University campus and the then VC Prof RP Singh had announced he would cleanse it of criminals.

Mulayam was CM then and openly standing by the rogue student leaders of his party.
The SP MLAs demanded Singh’s arrest. But Singh got public sympathy by declaring he wouldn’t bow before Mulayam.

No wonder the SP had to swallow the bitter poll pill in 2007 when it was reduced from 143 to 97 seats even though doles were announced for girls, freedom fighters and other sections of society.

Today, Thakur is keener to take on the SP than Nagpal.

In fact, he may yet prove to be Akhilesh government’s Waterloo.

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