Courts Update Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur in judicial custody till...

Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur in judicial custody till Sept 9 after Friday arrest

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New Delhi Aug 28(ILNS): Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur was arrested on Friday in connection with the death of the rape victim, who attempted self-immolation outside the Supreme Court premises. After arresting him, Hazratganj Kotwali, Lucknow police produced him in the court of the CJM Satyabir Singh in the evening, from where he was sent to judicial custody till September 9.

The case has been registered under Section 167 (Public servant framing an incorrect document with intent to cause injury), 195-A (Threatening any person to give false evidence) 218 (Public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture), 504(Provocation), 506(Criminal intimidation) and 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of IPC, against MP Atul Rai and Amitabh Thakur in the Police station Hazratganj, Lucknow.

After Conducting an inquiry into the matter, the panel, on Friday, submitted its report to the state government, and based on the same, the Lucknow police lodged an FIR against Thakur and Rai and thereafter arrested Thakur on charges of Abetting the woman’s suicide. Rai is already lodged in Naini Jail, Prayagraj.

The Uttar Pradesh government had formed a two-member probe panel to look into the allegations made by the woman. This panel was led by DGP (Police Recruitment and Promotion Board) Raj Kumar Vishwakarma and comprising Additional D-G (Women Power Line) Neera Rawat.

The 24-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by Bahujan Samaj Party MP Atul Rai in 2019, succumbed to burn injuries on August 24. Her male friend, a 27-year-old Delhi University graduate, had died during treatment last week.

The rape victim had alleged that Amitabh Thakur had helped the MP Atul Rai in harassing and threatening her to withdraw her case or weaken it.

Mukul Goel, Director-General of Police in a statement on Friday said that ”In connection with the self-immolation attempt by the victim and her aide before the Supreme Court on August 16, the government had constituted an inquiry committee which in its interim investigation report, found BSP MP from Ghosi, Atul Rai and Amitabh Thakur prima facie guilty of abetting the victim and her associate witness to commit suicide and of other charges and also recommended registering a case against them”./ILNS/AP/SNG

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