Self immolation outside Supreme Court gate: UP Court sends ex-IPS Amitabh Thakur to judicial custody for allegedly abetting suicide

A Lucknow court has sent former Indian Police Services (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur, who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police for allegedly abetting the suicide of a woman who immolated herself outside the Supreme Court, to judicial custody till September 9.

On Friday, the Lucknow Police had arrested Thakur on charges including abetment of suicide of a rape victim and her friend, who had set themselves on fire outside the Supreme Court gates on August 16, and died subsequently.Also ReadMan, woman attempt to immolate themselves outside Supreme Court

The 24-year-old victim woman had accused Bahujan Samaj Party MP Atul Rai, of raping her at his Varanasi home in 2019.

With regard to the self-immolation incident, the UP government had constituted an inquiry committee which in its interim investigation report, found BSP MP from Ghosi, Atul Rai and Amitabh Thakur prima facie guilty of abetting the victim and her associate witness to commit suicide and also recommended registering a case against them.’

A First Information Report was registered under Section 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document with intent to cause injury), Section 195-A (threatening any person to false evidence), Section 218 (public servant framing incorrect record, etc), Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), Section 506 (criminal intimidation) and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.

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