IPS Officer and Social Activist, Amitabh Thakur's has gone to CAT even for extra-ordinary leave
Satbir Singh Bedi | 01 Jul 2014

Today IPS Officer and Social Activist, Amitabh Thakur filed a petition in CAT Lucknow Bench for grant of one year extra ordinary leave (EOL). EOL is granted to an IPS officer under Rule 15 of the All India Services Leave Rules, which is a leave without any salary. An IPS officer can get EOL for a maximum period of 5 years.

As per the Petition,Mr. Thakur had applied for one year EOL from 01 July 2014 under on 16 April 2014 saying that he wanted this leave to devote himself completely to social activities in a manner that this does not come in the way of his official duties even apparently. On 23 April, he was asked about kind of social activities he would be involved in during the leave. He replied through his letter dated 24 April that he would be working in the field of accountability and transparency in public life. 
Since then there has been no response from the government and now 01 July is about to come tomorrow. In such situations, this OA has been filed. 
Previously also Mr. Thakur had got my 2 years study leave after the orders of CAT and Allahabad High Court. These leave that he has sought from time to time are all legally permissible to an IPS officer. In fact, the reason for this leave without pay has only been keeping in mind the fact that since he wanted to devote himself slightly more deeply in social activities for this period, he has been willing to sacrifice even his salary so that the government job does not suffer to any extent. 
Must say that this delay has been a cause of great concern to him and has adversely affected his plans to quite some extent.