Lucknow: In an unprecedented move, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the demotion of a deputy superintendent of police after he was found guilty of accepting bribes to suppress a rape case.
The officer is now a constable — the post on which he began his career.
According to official sources, DSP Vidya Kishore Sharma, has been demoted after the government took cognisance of a video of him accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh.
Sharma was the DSP when the incident took place in 2021. He was later transferred.
A woman had alleged last year that the owner of Swami Vivekanand Hospital and Inspector Ramveer Yadav had gang-raped her but the police was not acting on her complaint.
She also alleged the police official had accepted a bribe from the accused.
The UP administration suspended the inspector and ordered an FIR against Yadav.
A probe was launched which found Sharma guilty of accepting the bribe. Sharma had been on suspension before being demoted.