Lucknow/Delhi: Two days after filing a police complaint against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, an IPS officer on Monday raised the matter with the Home Ministry in Delhi.
Amitabh Thakur, posted as Inspector General (Civil Defence), met officials at the Home Ministry and demanded security allegeing threat to life.
"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.
Thakur further 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 added.
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.
Another senior UP minister Azam Khan demanded that the charges of rape levelled against Thakur be probed thoroughly. "He has committed an immoral act and should not be spared," Khan said in Jhansi.
UP Governor Ram Naik refused to comment on the controversy, terming it is a political issue.
"I will not comment on it...It is a political issue," he said, adding, "Whatever has to be done, will be done."
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.
Thakur said Mulayam threatened him after his wife Nutan filed a complaint before the UP Lokayukta against state Mines minister Gayatri Prajapati.
Asked whether he had applied for central deputation, Thakur replied in negative but said he had no objection to it if it is given.
Thakur had earlier told news agency ANI that he will not quit his service.
Mulayam Singh is neither a constitutional head nor into administration, said Thakur, adding that he seeks an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the case.
Thakur's social activist wife, Nutan Thakur, said that they are petitioning the ministry to provide them security by central forces as they had lost faith in the state police.
The IPS officer had on Saturday filed a police complaint saying Mulayam Singh Yadav threatened him over telephone to mend his ways or face dire consequences.
Hours later, an FIR was registered against Thakur accusing him of rape.
Thakur told police at the Hazratganj station that he received a call from Mulayam Singh on Friday evening.
Thakur's wife in an e-mail to media persons attached a voice recording where a man -- alleged to be Mulayam Singh -- asks Thakur not to be a 'loose cannon' and say anything about anybody.
"I have sympathies with you... have met your parents in Patna where they asked me to take care of you... don't do this," the man tells Thakur.
The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer alleged that it was Yadav's landline number from his house at Vikramaditya Marg of Lucknow.
The official's wife, who is a social activist, said he came under fire because she had filed a police complaint against state Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati that allegedly incensed the former chief minister.
Police said they will have to check the veracity of the charges.
Later, police registered an FIR against Thakur, an IG rank officer, under Sections 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC on the basis of a complaint by a Ghaziabad-based woman some time ago, in-charge of Gomti Nagar police station, Sayed Mohammad Abbas said on Sunday.
The IPS officer's wife, social activist Natun Thakur, has been named a co-accused in the FIR, he said.
Terming the FIR as "baseless", Thakur described it as a "return gift" from the Samajwadi Party supremo.
The SP leadership has termed the allegations levelled by Thakur and his wife as "baseless and frivolous".
"Mulayam Singh Yadav has had an impeccable public life for 60 years and is not used to such language or behaviour," a statement by party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary said.
(With Agency inputs)