UP IPS Manilal Patidar who had been on the run since 2020, goes to court in Lucknow
Following the surrender to the Court of the Additional District and Sessional Judges (Prevention of Corruption Act), Judge Lokesh Varun sent the suspended IPS officer to 14 days in police custody.
The home department of Uttar Pradesh had also announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for any leads that may help in the arrest of Manilal Patidar.
When Patidar was the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Mahoba in Bundelkhand region, mining businessman Indra Kant Tripathi brought serious corruption allegations against him. Tripathi even made a viral video backing up his claims against SP on September 7, 2020. In the video, Tripathi alleged that Patidar was forcing him to pay Rs 5 lakh every month to run the business. However, a day later on September 9, 2020, news of Tripathi being shot in the neck surfaced. He was taken to the district headquarters hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Kanpur. He died while being treated in hospital on September 13, reported YOU.
On September 14, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by IG (Varanasi Range) Vijay Singh Meena and DIG (Special Inquiries) Shalabh Mathur and SP (Human Rights) Ashok Tripathi was formed to investigate the case involving Patidar and the murder of crusher dealer Tripathi. The SIT team later uncovered the SP’s involvement in corruption and demanded ministerial action against it. Patidar was suspended and since then he has been on the run.
Mahoba police later filed another FIR against Patidar for failing to appear in court despite being declared a fugitive. The state vigilance department also reserved Patidar under the Corruption Prevention Act in June this year, reports YOU.
Subsequently, in May this year, the Uttar Pradesh government also wrote to the Union Home Ministry (MHA) recommending the dismissal of former Mahoba SP Manilal Patidar from the Indian Police Service.