IPS Jasvir Singh’s suspension: revenge by Yogi?

Lucknow: The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has suspended a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Jasvir Singh following his interview to Huffington Post in which he claimed that he had been sidelined ever since he had booked Adityanath.

Jasvir Singh had booked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2002 under the National Security Act (NSA), when Adityanath was the Member of Parliament (MP) from Gorakhpur. Despite pressure from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh, Singh had refused to withdraw the case for preventive detention against Adityanath. Singh was the Maharajganj Superintendent of Police (SP) in 2002 when he had booked the current CM.

Jasvir Singh, who was serving as ADG (Additional Director General of Police) Rules and Manual in UP, was suspended on 14 February, reported the UP police website. In his interview on 30 January, the ADG had claimed that he was given “dead-end postings” in his career after he tried to hold politicians and ministers accountable.

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Singh was quoted by the Huffington Post as saying, “They want loyalty to political persons. This is totally unconstitutional. If we don’t resist, things won’t change. Resisting is the most rewarding thing especially when there is a big allurement.”

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