Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who was forced to retire, to challenge vote against Yogi Adityanath: The Tribune India

Lucknow, August 14

Former Uttar Pradesh cadre, IPS cadre Amitabh Thakur, who was prematurely retired, will compete in next year’s State Assembly elections against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his family announced.

In a statement posted here, Amitabh Thakur’s wife Nutan said it was a fight for principle for him.

“Sri Adityanath has taken many anti-democratic, inappropriate, repressive, harassing and discriminatory measures during his tenure as Chief Minister,” she said. “Therefore, Amitabh will contest the election against Sri Adityanath from any place he contests.”

“It is a fight for principles for him, where he will present his protest against the wrongdoing,” she said.

Following a decision taken by the Union’s Interior Ministry, Thakur was automatically retired on March 23 in “the public interest”.

He was “not considered fit to be retained for the remainder of his term,” said a decree from the Union’s Interior Ministry regarding Thakur, who would have finished his service in 2028.

“In the public interest, Amitabh Thakur is prematurely retired before the end of his service with immediate effect,” the order said.

In 2017, Thakur urged the Center to change its framework state.

The officer was suspended on July 13, 2015, days after accusing Samajwadi party boss Mulayam Singh of threatening him.

A vigilance investigation was also opened against him.

However, the Lucknow Central Administrative Court Chamber suspended his suspension in April 2016 and ordered his reinstatement with full pay with effect from October 11, 2015. PTI

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