In a relief to suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, the Lucknow bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on 25 April stayed his suspension and directed the Akhilesh Yadav-led UP government to reinstate him with full salary.
The bench that passed the order was headed by Jayati Chandra and Navneet Kumar. The bench said that there was no denying the fact that there was a delay in extending the period of suspension and said that it could not find any provision in the Rules where the state government has the power to give a 'post facto' extension to suspension, after the 90-day period.
As per the CAT order, the Central government filed an affidavit before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court stating that it has revoked the suspension and an affidavit before the High Court cannot be taken lightly. Hence, CAT said that the state government order of 31 March 2016, extending Amitabh's suspension for 95 days should remain stayed till the disposal of the petition and he shall be reinstated with effect from October 11, 2015, with full salary.
Thakur was suspended by the state government in July 2015, on charges of corruption and indiscipline.
The suspension was extended on 10 October 2015, for a period of 180 days, which expired on 7 April 2016. The suspension was extended for the second time for 95 days on 31 March 2016 after which Thakur had filed the petition.