Delhi: Senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who is at loggerheads with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday night.
Media reports said that Thakur, an IG-rank officer, was suspended for allegedly violating service rules.
Meanwhile, reacting to his suspension, Thakur maintained that he had 'not violated any service rules'.
"The day I presented tape regarding conversation of Mulayam Singh, I had realized departmental inquiries, criminal cases, other kind of threats to my and my wife's life had to follow. This suspension doesn't surprise me," he added, as per ANI.
He emphasised that he had 'done nothing wrong'.
"Through my own efforts I gave a new glory to generally insignificant department like civil defence," Thakur added.
At the same time he was hopeful that he would be able to present his facts before 'appropriate forum' and that his facts would be be heard.
On the other hand Thakur's wife, Nutan, also said that her husband had done nothing wrong.
"There are many forums and courts we can go to. When a false rape case can be registered against my husband, suspension is nothing compared to that," she added.
The IPS officer has been in the news lately for alleging that Mulayam had threatened him after his wife Nutan had filed a complaint before the UP Lokayukta against state Mines minister Gayatri Prajapati.
Earlier today the top cop had approached the Union Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into the rape case filed against him.
Thakur, met Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Anant Kumar Singh in Delhi and also sought central force protection for himself and his wife and social activist Nutan Thakur.
"Mulayam Singh Yadav had threatened me with dire consequences. So, today I have met the Additional Secretary and sought security for me and my wife by central forces," he told reporters outside the North Block, housing the MHA, as per PTI.
Thakur said a "false" rape case had been slapped against him after he lodged a complaint against the ruling SP supremo in Lucknow on July 10 for threatening him.
"I want a CBI investigation into the rape charge against me," he said.
On July 11, an FIR was registered at Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow against Thakur under sections 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, on the basis of an earlier complaint by a Ghaziabad-based woman. The IPS officer's wife has been named a co-accused in the FIR.
Terming the allegation of rape as "completely false", Thakur said as per the complaint against him, his wife had helped in the alleged crime and it took place at his home.
"No wife will help her husband to rape a woman. Besides my children also live in my house which is very small. Let the CBI probe the allegation," he said.
Thakur said he wanted to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh but since he was not in Delhi, he placed his demand before the senior Home Ministry official, who assured him that the matter will be looked into.
"If my demand is not met, I will approach the High Court and seek justice. This is nothing but political conspiracy and harassment against me," he said.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is Mulayam's son, saw "nothing wrong" in his father "scolding" a senior IPS officer in the state.
"When Mulayam Singh Yadav can scold the chief minister, there is nothing wrong in his scolding an official," Akhilesh said to pointed questions by newspersons in Farrukhabad.
(With Agency inputs)