Govt reinstates IPS officer just 15 days ahead of retirement | India News


RAIPUR: A fortnight before his scheduled retirement from service, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) revoked the suspension of 1998-batch IPS officer Mukesh Gupta, who was suspended in 2019 by the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.
The MHA order, dated September 16, said ADG Gupta’s suspension stands revoked after considering a representation submitted by him, the state government’s note and relevant court orders, sources said. The IPS officer is due for superannuation on September 30.
In his representation to the MHA, the officer had reportedly submitted that he was under suspension for the last three-and-a-half years while pointing out that the Supreme Court had stayed all the cases against him. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)-Jabalpur too had stayed the disciplinary action against him.
Gupta was promoted as director-general during the previous BJP regime on October 6, 2018 — two months before the assembly elections. But later, his promotion was reverted.
After the change of regime, the Chhattisgarh bureau of Economic Offences Wing (EOW) registered an FIR against Gupta and another IPS officer Rajneesh Singh and others under a dozen sections for criminal offences, including using forged documents as genuine, criminal conspiracy, and under provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act for alleged unlawful interception of messages through phone tapping.
A day after filing the FIR, the home department issued an order stating that Mukesh Gupta and Rajneesh Singh were being suspended with immediate effect for forging incorrect record in complaint registered on December 4, 2014, in EOW.
Gupta was heading the EOW when his team carried out raids in connection with Chhattisgarh’s infamous PDS scam in which a couple of powerful bureaucrats and others were allegedly involved. The IPS officer denied all the allegations, saying that all telephonic conversations were lawful and with the approval of the home department.





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