LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh — In 2002, Jasvir Singh took over as the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Maharajganj district in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He was 34-years-old, unafraid and an idealist, so the young Indian Police Service (IPS) officer looked into the criminal cases pending against Yogi Adityanath, then Member of Parliament (MP) from Gorakhpur, and booked him under the National Security Act (NSA).
Singh said he refused to withdraw his case for preventive detention against the sitting MP despite pressure from politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who were in power at the Centre at the time, and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which formed the state government. Two days later, he was transferred to the Food Cell of the UP police.
In a recent conversation with HuffPost India, Singh said, “There can be no compromises in criminal offenses. I am an IPS officer, it should stand for something.”
Sixteen years after his sixteen-day stint in Maharajganj, Singh continues to float in the backwaters of the Indian Police Service (IPS), and Adityanath is the chief minister of UP. His government has withdrawn a case related to Adityanath violating prohibitory orders in 1995, and has decided against prosecuting him for making a hate speech in the midst of the communal riots in Gorakhpur in 2007.
Singh, meanwhile, has become a pariah of the IPS. The police officer says he has paid a price for trying to hold politicians and ministers to account.
One year after he slapped the NSA on Adityanath, Singh accused Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya, then food minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, of corruption in the Lakhimpur Kheri food scam. He was transferred out of the Food Cell of the UP police.
In his 26 years of service, Singh has held posts — entailing actual police work — for only six months. For the remaining 20 years, the IPS officer has been stuck in dead-end postings, with little to do. Detested by his superiors, shunned by his...