UP cop transferred five times in a year

Suspended police officer alleges victimisation by his bosses

A senior Uttar Pradesh cop, who had created a flutter by alleging that the state police force, including its chief, was corrupt, had been transferred five times in the past 11 months as he never succumbed to the pressure from his superiors for doing illegal things.

Circle officer (CO) Vijay Kumar Sharma, posted as deputy commandant at PAC in Aligarh district, was suspended and an inquiry had been ordered against him after he alleged that even the state director general of police demanded bribe for ‘doing work’.

“I had been transferred five times in the past 11 months. I was shunted out whenever I refused to abide by the illegal diktats of my superiors,” said Sharma. He added that he was taking legal recourse for the redressal of his grievances.

Sharma alleged that senior police officials in the state had become ‘slaves’ of the ruling Samajwadi Party leaders. “They do as the SP leaders tell them to do,” he said.

 “I too was thrown out of my last post when I refused to exclude the name of a SP leader, who was accused of killing two girls by setting them ablaze, from a charge sheet, he added.

The official said his securitymen were withdrawn and he was denied leave even though he had a nasty fall resulting in a fracture in his shoulder.

Charges denied

Senior police officials termed the allegations baseless and suspended him for indiscipline. Senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur has sought an independent probe into Sharma’s allegations.

“I have written a letter in my individual capacity to the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary Home, UP in which I have said that I had spoken to Sharma on phone and tried to get the complete facts. Sharma spoke in details about his allegations of frequent transfers, serious allegations on senior police officers, alleged improper behavior of the IG, Kanpur range etc,” Thakur said.

Thakur added that as per the directions of the Supreme Court in Ratan Lal Sharma vs Managing Director 1993 (4SCC) 727 case and the principles of natural justice all allegations should be probed by a senior officer, who is not from the police department.

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