Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday find himself caught in a cleft stick after a court in Lucknow orderedordered police to file an FIR against him for allegedly threatening IPS officer Amitabh Thakur.
Thakur had on July 11 filed a complaint with the police against Mulayam Singh Yadav, alleging that the SP chief threatened him with dire consequences if he does not “mend” his ways and also released the audio recording of the conversation.
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Amitabh Thakur, A 1992 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been transferred 22 times in 18 years. Thakur holds a B. Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur. (File)[/caption]
LISTEN TO THE PHONE-CONVERSATION WHERE MULAYAM SINGH ALLEGEDLY THREATENED IPS THAKUR
Chief Judicial Magistrate Som Prabha while accepting Thakur's application under 156(3) IPC directed SHO Hazratganj to file the FIR under relevant sections and probe the matter and also apprise the court. Section 156(3) IPC empowers a magistrate to direct police to file an FIR.
The court observed that after going through facts provided by Thakur, it appeared to be a case under 506 IPC (punishment for criminal intimidation).
"According to report of SHO, Hazratganj, the application was moved for gaining publicity. However, he did not inform whether the FIR was registered in the matter or not," it observed.
Thakur had approached the court after Uttar Pradesh police had rejected his plea for an FIR against Mulayam for allegedly threatening him on phone with dire consequences, saying the
allegations have not been substantiated.
Inspector of Hazratganj police station Vijay Mal Singh Yadav in his letter of July 17 stated that the complaint presented by Thakur against Mulayam was inquired into and it was found that the allegations have not been substantiated and hence it was being rejected.
The letter was handed over to Thakur's wife Nutan at their residence on July 23.
The IG-rank officer had completely disagreed with the enquiry conducted by police into the purported phone call by Mulayam and said the letter did not mention any reason for the conclusion it had reached.
The letter "seems to have been drawn superficially, quite visibly under pressure," he had said.
After no FIR was registered by Hazratganj police, Thakur had sent an application to SSP Lucknow on July 22.
In his application to the SSP, Thakur had said Mulayam's statements were "definitely criminal intimidation", which is a cognizable offence and hence he had sought registering of FIR.
The UP government had suspended Thakur on July 13, hours after he approached the Union Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into the rape case slapped against him.
Thakur, who has ever since been locked in a tussle with the state government, was served a 200-page charge sheet and a vigilance inquiry was initiated against him.
Thakur had stirred a political storm by releasing the text and audio of the purported phone conversation with Mulayam on the night of July 10.
Thakur, who has been assisting his wife and RTI activist Nutan Thakur in raising social issues, released an audio tape purportedly containing the voice of the SP chief.
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Thakur with wife (Image courtesy: Linkedin)[/caption]
Though the authenticity of the tape could not be verified and SP leaders called it a prank call that fooled the IPS officer who has often been vocal about institutional corruption and feels that IAS and IPS officers cannot raise their voice against corruption by staying inside the system.
Thakur, an inspector general (IG)-rank officer, has often been in the eye of the storm with his outbursts and had stirred the hornet's nest when he said that many honest officers who want to expose graft in their departments can't do so because it's against service rules.
On Thursday, the couple had lodged an FIR against mining minister in Mulayam's son Akhilesh Yadav's Uttar Pradesh government, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati along with many others, for trying to "frame" the couple in "false" cases of rape and other charges.
The inspector general (IG) Civil Defence (Lucknow) alleged that Mulayam called him on his cell phone from a landline at 4:43 PM.
Reacting to the allegation, senior SP leader C P Rai said, "I have not heard the audio but such an allegation appears to be doctored. He (Mulayam) is such a senior leader. I know him for past 30 years... He can never threaten anyone."
"The caller said netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) wants to talk to me and handed over the phone to him," Thakur told reporters.
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In the eye of a storm (File)[/caption]
In the 2 minutes 10 seconds long conversation, as recorded and then shared by the IPS officer through email, the person on the other side of the call - purportedly Mulayam Singh Yadav - is heard issuing threats to the IPS officer that he should improve himself or face the same fate as Jasrana incident (town in Firozabad district in UP) where he was saved by him from being beaten up during a function.
"Don't you remember what happened with you during Jasrana daawat (party). I think we should do same to you again," the voice said.
(With agency inputs)