IG Basant Rath of Jammu and Kashmir suspended

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Jammu and Kashmir IPS officer Basant Rath has been suspended for alleged instances of ‘gross misconduct and misbehaviour’.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday put IPS: Basant Rath under Suspension in connection with repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehavior, which have been brought to the notice of Government.

As per the order issues by MHA reads “the competent authority in the MHA, in exercise of power conferred by clause (a) of sub-rule (I) of rule 3 of All india service (Discipline and appeal) rules, 1969, hereby places the said person under suspension with immediate effect.

“It is further ordered that during the period that this order shall remain in force, the headquarters of Basant Rath (2000) shall be Jammu, union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the said Basant Rath, shall not leave the said headquarters without obtaining the permission of DGP, Jammu and Kashmir police” MHA order reads.

Order further reads “During the period that this order shall remain in force the said Person shall be paid such subsistence allowance and dearness allowance as is admissible under production of a certificate that he is not engaged in any other employment business, profession or vocation”.

IPS officer Basant Rath had recently written a letter in which he expressed apprehension about his safety due to “certain activities” of the Jammu and Kashmir Police chief.

In his complaint, the 2000 batch IPS officer asked the police to take cognizance of “threats to his life and liberty” which he alleged were given to him by the top cop.

“I am writing to you to take note of my genuine apprehensions about my safety and reputation. I am not asking you to lodge an FIR against the person mentioned above [DGP Dilbag Singh]. I am just asking you to make this letter a part of the daily dairy in your station. Today. Now. In case something bad happens to me, you should know whose number to dial,” IPS Basant Rath mentioned in the letter he wrote to the Gandhi Nagar Police Station SHO.

The letter had gone viral on the social media, triggering a controversy.