By: Express Web Desk | Jammu, New Delhi |
Updated: July 8, 2020 10:52:17 pm
Jammu and Kashmir cadre IPS officer Basant Rath (right) has been suspended. (File Photo)
The Union Home Ministry Wednesday suspended Jammu and Kashmir cadre IPS officer Basant Rath with immediate effect on charges of “repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour”. A 2000 batch IPS officer, Rath was posted as IGP Home Guards in J&K.
An order issued by SD Sarkar, an Under Secretary in the MHA, pointed out that the disciplinary proceeding against Rath was taken after “repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour” was brought to the notice of the government.
The order said that Rath’s headquarters shall be Jammu until the suspension order remains in force and that he shall not leave it without obtaining permission of Director General of J&K Police.
During the period of suspension, “Basant Rath shall be paid such subsistence allowances and dearness allowance as is admissible under Rule 4 of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, on production of a certificate that he is not engaged in any other employment, business, profession or vocation,” the order read.
The MHA order came a fortnight after J&K Police received a complaint from Rath against the Union Territory’s top cop, DGP Dilbag Singh, over an alleged threat. On June 24, Rath had lodged a written complaint at Gandhi Nagar Police Station requesting the SHO to “take note of my apprehensions about my life, liberty and bald head”.
The “reason”, Rath had written, was “certain activities of Sh. Dilbagh Singh, IPS, 1987 batch, currently DGP, UT of J and K”. He had marked a copy of the written complaint to the DGP also. Making clear that he was doing this “as a private citizen” — in his “personal capacity”, and not as a civil servant or a policeman — Rath wrote, “I am not asking you to lodge an FIR against the person mentioned. I am just asking you to make this letter a part of the daily diary in your police station. Today. Now.”
He wrote, “In case something bad happens to me, you should know whose number you should dial…”
Promoted as IGP in 2018, Rath became popular among the people for his effective regulation of traffic in J&K. But despite the massive fan following, especially among the youth, his stint as IGP-Traffic was short-lived. While disciplining traffic and making roads in J&K safer for pedestrians, he is said to have had run-ins with some senior and powerful politicians, bureaucrats and police officials.
Rath was shifted to his present posting following a run-in with the mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Junaid Azim Mattu, last year.
With inputs from Express News Service
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