Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday relieved a senior IPS officer of his duties after his video beating his wife went viral on social media. The accused IPS officer Purushottam Sharma is Madhya Pradesh’s DGP (prosecution).
Notably, Purushottam Sharma assaulted his wife after she reportedly found out about his alleged extra-marital affair.
Following the action on the top cop, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “The officer has been relieved of his duties. Action will be taken against anyone who holds a responsible position, but indulges in illegal activities and taking law into his hands.”
What is in the video?
In the video, Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police (Prosecution) Purushottam Sharma is seen thrashing his wife, while the latter is seen resisting the assault.
The video also shows the 1986 batch IPS officer arguing with his wife. In seconds, he holds her, pins her to the floor and thrashes her. Two other men can be seen in the room, with one of them coming near the couple. A pet dog is seen barking and walking around the room as the wife is being assaulted.
There is no official confirmation to reports that the IPS officer was caught red-handed by his wife of 32 years at a woman’s house, after which he assaulted her.
Top cop’s son sought FIR against his father
Sharma’s son Parth, a deputy commissioner in the Income Tax Department, sent the video to state home minister Narottam Mishra and some senior bureaucrats. He requested that a complaint be registered against his father.
What did the top cop claim?
Purushottam Sharma, who has been married for 32 years, told the media that if he has done anything wrong, then his son should say why his mother was living with him for so long.
“My son should say why she was taking money (from me) for the past 12-15 years and going on foreign trips. After enjoying so much comfort in life, she has an obligation towards her family, to save its reputation,” the DGP rank IPS officer said.
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