MP: IPS Officer To Retire Over "Non-Performance" After MHA Order
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the recommendation of Madhya Pradesh Government announced an IPS officer’s retirement before his scheduled retirement time ‘in public interest’. This order was received by the State Government on August 16, 2018, The Times of India reported.
According to The Indian Express, the forced retirement is because of poor performance of IPS Mayank Jain. “The Central government after careful consideration of the proposal of the state government and the performance of Mayank Jain, IPS (MP-1995) has come to the conclusion that the officer is not fit to be retained in service in public interest”. The order that came out on August 13, read, “The Central government has, therefore, decided to retire Mayank Jain prematurely from service, in public interest with immediate effect.”
Reason for Premature retirement?
In 2014, a 1995 batch pass-out IPS officer Mayank Jain was found to have possessed illegal wealth which was disproportionate to his income. This came to light when Lokayukta officials also raided his rented home in Rivera Township in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and other similar properties in Ujjain, Rewa, Indore, and Khargone and discovered uncounted wealth. This includes insurance policies, jewellery, immovable property and unaccounted investments in fixed deposit. Following the raids, after 15 days, he was suspended by Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan in June 2014.
The Times of India also reported that during the raid, Lokayukta police found drug stores and nursing homes in Bhopal and Rewa, which is 250% higher than his actual income.
Huge Stack of Cash
Reportedly, apart from impounding properties and investments, Rs 90,000 in cash from his home and atleast 19 lakh cash from his father’s house in Rewa was recovered. It was noticed that he also possessed 45 acres of land in three separate villages of Khargone district, 2 acre land and 2400 sqft plot at Ujjain, three flats at Indore (DLF Garden, Grand Exotica, Kanchan Sagar), two shops, a clinic, two flats at Bhopal (Kolar and Mahabali Nagar), a stone crusher unit and a cement mixing plant at Raokhedi village in Indore.
Backing the decision that this premature retirement was just due to performance, a Madya Pradesh bureaucrat said, “a due process has been followed which involves evaluation of the performance of officers who have either completed 20 years of service or are 50 years of age.” He adds, “A judicial process will take care of the raids, but the administrative action relates to non-performance,” reported The Indian Express.
This tough decision was taken under sub-rule 3 of Rule 16 of the All India Services (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, as reported by NDTV. However, he has challenged this decision and believes that all his wealth is accounted. His trial against the Lokayukta police before the competent court is underway.
51- year old, Mayank Jain, joined the Madhya Pradesh Police in 1995 and was appointed as IG (Community Policing) in Bhopal when the raids took place. This senior IPS officer is also an orthopaedic surgeon while his father is a famous eye surgeon and he last worked as a dean of a medical college. According to Jain, 13 members of his family are doctors.