IPS officer sets himself ablaze

Maharashtra ADGP suffers 60 pc burns

IPS officer sets himself ablaze

Additional Director-General of Police (Addl DGP) R K Sahay is battling for his life after he set himself ablaze at his residence at Malabar Hill late on Saturday.

Top police officials refusing to disclose the reason behind the suicide attempt by the high-ranking police officer stated that Sahay has been admitted to Bombay Hospital, where he is being treated for 60 per cent burns.

Sahay, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1986 batch, had recently submitted an inquiry report detailing alleged corrupt practices that had taken place in the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) when 1991-batch IAS officer Deepak Kapoor was at the helm of its affairs.

While Kapoor, awaiting a new posting, had been earlier been with Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel when he was holding the Civil Aviation Ministry portfolio at the centre, Sahay, carrying out inquiry as the chief vigilance officer of the MSRTC, was promoted as Addl DGP two months ago.

It is an open secret that the relationship has always been bitter between the two services — IAS and IPS — and the MSRTC was a witness to this acrimony between the junior IAS officer and the senior IPS officer, who also clashed over seniority issues.

Grapevine has it that Sahay's report had indicted Kapoor, and the state Anti-Corruption Bureau has been seeking a nod from the government to initiate investigation and prosecution process against him.

However, the inquiry report had attracted a lot of adverse remarks from several quarters as being “vindictive in nature”.

Sahay was reportedly also under pressure from some of his seniors and was quite depressed over the hostility meted out to him.

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