Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended a police official for "showing sympathy" towards the son of a billionaire biscuit manufacturer arrested for allegedly murdering his wife in Kanpur.
Circle Officer of Swaroop Nagar in Kanpur Rakesh Kumar Nayak has been suspended with immediate effect, Secretary (Home) Kamal Saxena told reporters here.
"CO Nayak has been suspended on charges of sheer negligence and laxity," Saxena said.
"The CO showed sympathy towards Piyush Dasani, who is an accused in the murder of his wife Jyoti Dasai, which has maligned the image of the department," he said.
Saxena said during the suspension period, Nayak will remain attached with the DGP office.
Naik, who was probing the case, was taken off the investigation on August 1 after he hugged Piyush and planted a kiss on his forehead in a police station.
Jyoti`s body, bearing multiple stab wounds, was found inside Dasani`s car on July 28 in Panki area of Kanpur.
Dasani was arrested after he confessed to have got Jyoti killed with the help of his driver as he was having relations with another woman, according to police.
The driver, his two accomplices and the woman with whom Dasani was having an affair were also arrested.
Earlier, in his complaint lodged with the police after the incident, Dasani had alleged that he and Jyoti were returning home from a restaurant on July 27 night when some motorcycle-borne youths tried to overtake their car.
A scuffle broke out between him and the youths after one of the bikes hit the car, according to the complaint.
Dasani had claimed that he was beaten up by one of the youths after which they abducted Jyoti and also took the car along with them.