City Reports

Rajasthan IPS officer Pankaj Chaudhary to move court against termination from service

Chaudhary, without legally separating from his wife, was living with another woman and fathered a child, as per the reason cited for his dismissal.

March 7, 2019, 10:37 am

IPS officer Pankaj chaudhary house in jaipur

IPS officer Pankaj Chaudhary house in Jaipur.

Jaipur: Rajasthan IPS officer Pankaj Kumar Chaudhary was terminated from his service due to the alleged grave personnel misconduct. He, without legally separating from his wife, was living with another woman and fathered a child, as per the reason cited for his dismissal. An order from the ministry of home affairs (MHA) dated February 19 was pasted outside his official residence at Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur on Wednesday. The IPS officer had been at loggerheads with the government for a long time, publically criticizing its policies in the BJP government as well as the Congress government. The state government sent a detailed charge sheet report to MHA against the officer Chaudhary in the past.  The MHA than sent the report to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on July 20, 2018. UPSC in an order dated November 5, 2018, requested dismissal of Chaudhary from his service to MHA. After the investigations, MHA dismissed the officer from his duty. Pankaj Chaudhary is currently on leave and will come to Jaipur on Thursday. He said that he will oppose the dismissal in the court as the former state government put him in the wrong light before MHA and distorted facts. The action has been taken due to mala fide intentions, added Chaudhary. The MHA order stated that 2009 batch IPS officer Pankaj married Sudha Gupta on December 4, 2005, and legally separated from her on May 5, 2018. Between these years, he got engaged with another woman and fathered a boy child without legally separating from his wife.
IPS panakaj chaudhary notice from MHA

The order from MHA pasted outside the house of IPS Pankaj Chaudhary in Jaipur.

According to the officials, the accused officer has violated All India Service (Conduct) Rules 1968 and did not maintain absolute integrity during his service period. IPS Pankaj Chaudhary was in controversies over the past year several times due to his statements. He accused senior IPS and IAS officers of corruption. He reopened the case of history sheet Ghazi Fakir, father of local Congress MLA Saleh Mohammed in Barmer. Last year in a similar action, IPS batch 1989 officer ADG Indu Kumar Bhushan was compulsorily retired from his duty by the union government.

First published: March 7, 2019