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Not a day passes when Uttar Pradesh, affectionately called Ulta Pradesh, fails to amuse the country at large. Hard on the heels of the Supreme Court charging the state government of ‘misleading’ it on the the Lokayukta issue, the Akhilesh government executed one of the major police reshuffles in the state to make one believe that the state was governed by law.

And lo and behold, what transpired. A senior IPS officer, DIG Devi Prasad Srivastava, who was accused in May 2014 by a sister officer of having sexually assaulted her, has been made DIG (human rights) and is to be posted at Lucknow. Following the accusation, even while an inquiry was pending against him, Srivastava was moved from his then posting as DIG Police Training School (PTS), put on hold for a while and was reinstated as DIG Food Safety and Drugs Administration in January 2015.

A case was registered against Srivastava on May 31, 2014, five weeks after after the alleged incident took place on April 23, 2014.

Dismayed and frustrated by the inaction of her colleagues and superiors regarding her complaints of sexual harassment, the complainant, a sub-inspector who taught cybercrime at PTS in Meerut, created a Facebook page to force the state government to act.

“I have actually lost hope now. It is sad that despite being a part of UP police, I am not able to get justice. Posting him as DIG in charge of human rights is completely bizarre. The court case is being delayed for no reason. In every hearing he sends a notice saying he is ill,” she said.

Srivastava is quoted as having justified his posting, arguing that “Posting me as DIG (human rights) will not affect the ongoing case. I am not heading the NHRC. No inquiry takes place from here. I will just have to send the reports to the offices concerned as directed to me.”

Written by: M K Shukla (Editor) 

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