Amitabh Thakur’s residence raided

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The Vigilance department on Tuesday conducted searches at the Gomti Nagar residence of suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur. The raids come two days after Thakur lodged a complaint at city’s Vibhuti Khand police station, seeking registration of a case against UP Vigilance Establishment Director Bhanu Pratap Singh and others for alleged misrepresentation of facts in the Vigilance inquiry report against Thakur. Thakur was suspended after he lodged a police complaint against Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav, accusing him of threatening the IPS on phone. He has been attached to the Director General of Police (DGP) headquarters ever since. In his police complaint against the Vigilance department chief and his subordinates, Amitabh had stated that an open inquiry was ordered against him by the government but the Vigilance department has prepared a list of properties owned by his parents, brother, wife and an organisation that he was earlier attached to, and showed them as his assets. He said neither he nor his relatives were given a chance to explain about the acquisition of those properties. The Vigilance had lodged an FIR against Thakur last month. Thakur maintained that it is a rule in any open inquiry, before declaring any property benami, the Vigilance should give the owners and suspected beneficiary a chance to explain. He claimed this was not done in order to implicate him in a hurried manner. The IPS officer has sought registration of FIR against Vigilance chief Bhanu Pratap Singh, SP Ghanshyam Chaurasiya and Vigilance Inspector Mahesh Singh, claiming that the three should be booked under sections 166 and 167 of the IPC, which pertains to a “public servant framing an incorrect document with intent to cause injury”. The Uttar Pradesh government had suspended Thakur in July, claiming that the officer was found prima facie guilty of “indiscipline” — having an anti-government point of view — and other charges. The suspension came days after Thakur made public an audio recording in which, he alleged, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav had threatened him.

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