Ministry of Home Affairs issues an order according to which Basant Rath, Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General of Police, 2000-cadre IPS, has been suspended for alleged instances of 'gross misconduct and misbehaviour', read the statement by MHA.
The Odisha-born officer had written a letter in which he claimed and expressed his apprehension about his safety due to "certain activities" of the J&K Police chief.
Read the statement here:
'He shall not leave headquarters without permission from the DGP J&K Police'
In his order, Union Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, SD Sarkar, a disciplinary proceeding against IPS: RR: 2000: JK) is contemplated in connection with repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour which has been into the notice of the Government.
"The competent authority in the Ministry of Home Affairs, in the exercise of powers conferred by clause (a) of the sub-rule (i) of Rule 3 of the All India Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1929, Basant Rath has been placed under suspension," reads the order.
During the period of his suspension, the headquarters of Basant Rath shall be Jammu, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. "He shall not leave the headquarters without obtaining the permission from the DGP J&K Police Dilbag Singh," according to the order.
Rath has come under the radar of netizens, high-ranking officers and administrators of Jammu and Kashmir for engaging in online face-offs. Previously, he came under the scanner after he decided to take an indirect dig at the DGP of the J&K Union Territory, Dilbagh Singh, IPS. Due to his alleged misbehaviour, several officers of the force called him 'unfit for the service'.