Lucknow: Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on Monday sought time to meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after submitting details of his immovable assets as directed by the state government.
According to the details, Thakur has one house at Gomti Nagar and a plot in Muzaffarpur (Bihar) -- which he "got before" joining the Indian Police Service (IPS). While his wife has three properties in Sitamarhi and Patna in Bihar and six properties in Lucknow, "procured through her own income".
In a letter to Principal Secretary (Home), Thakur said if the Chief Minister, as the decision-maker, does not find his explanations adequate enough, he must give him a personal hearing before taking any final decision, so that he (Thakur) may also bring his facts before the CM.
The departmental proceeding being a quasi-judicial proceeding, he has a legal right to present facts before the Chief Minister as the decision-making authority in the State, Thakur said.
Suspended on July 13, Thakur was served a 200-page charge sheet on July 15 charging him with dereliction of duty, arbitrariness and indiscipline, and he submitted a 30-page reply saying he was "not at fault".
In a letter to Principal Secretary (Home), Thakur said on July 16 he had submitted his reply to the 16-point charge sheet given to him after his suspension, stressing that none of the charges against him hold any ground and so the suspension be immediately revoked and the charge sheet be quashed.
Meanwhile, Thakur today submitted details of his immovable assets to the Uttar Pradesh government after a notice was slapped on him seeking information about his properties.
In the notice sent by IG (Personnel) B P Jogdand on Saturday dated July 16, Thakur was informed that an open enquiry has been initiated against him by the Vigilance Establishment and he needed to present the details of moveable and immovable properties of his own and that of his dependents on six given points by July 19.
"I have given the information that my close family consists of four members of whom my daughter Tanaya and son Aditya are dependent on me while wife social activist Dr Nutan Thakur is financially independent since the beginning of marriage," Thakur said.