Chhattisgarh: Centre revokes IPS officer Mukesh Gupta’s suspension 15 days before retirement | Raipur News


RAIPUR: A fortnight before his scheduled retirement from service, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has revoked the suspension of 1998-batch IPS officer Mukesh Gupta, who was suspended in early 2019 by the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.
The MHA’s order, dated September 16, says 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 IPS 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 and the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)-Jabalpur 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 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 special DGP, PHQ, Mukesh Gupta, and SP Rajnesh Singh of IPS 1997 batch were being suspended with immediate effect under the All India Services (Conduct) Rules 1968, rule number 3, 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 approval of the home department.
Meanwhile, in a development related to the PDS scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed an application in a Raipur court on September 15 with a request to put on hold the hearing into the PDS scam case, citing that a related matter is pending for hearing in the Supreme Court. The next hearing in Raipur Court is scheduled for September 24. TNN





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