Abdur Rahman, a contoversial iPS (Indian Police Service) officer belonging to Maharashtra cadre, on Wednesday (Dec 11) announced his decision to quit government service in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.
Rahman claimed that he quit in protest against the "blatantly communal and unconstitutional” nature of the bill.
Rahman, currently posted as special IGP in Mumbai, issued a statement saying he won't be attending office from Thursday (Dec 12).
Rahman had applied for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in August this year and was still awaiting a decision on his application.
Rahman, in the statement posted on Twitter, said “The Bill is against the basic feature of the Constitution. I condemn this Bill. In civil disobedience, I have decided not to attend office from tomorrow. I am finally quitting the service,"
The #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 is against the basic feature of the Constitution. I condemn this Bill. In civil disobedience I have decided not attend office from tomorrow. I am finally quitting the service.@ndtvindia@IndianExpress #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 pic.twitter.com/Z2EtRAcJp4— Abdur Rahman (@AbdurRahman_IPS) December 11, 2019
Originally hailing from Bettiah in Bihar, Rahman is a 1997 IPS batch officer from the Maharashtra cadre. Rahman is an IIT graduate and has worked as superintendent of police in different districts, the Government Railway Police and was also additional commissioner of police (admin) in Pune.
An activist cop, Rahman is also the author of a book titled “Denial and Deprivation: Indian Muslims After the Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Reports”.
Rahman faced serious allegations that he was biased towards his own community. Rehman also faced accusations that he committed irregularities in the police constable recruitment conducted during his tenure as Superintendent of Police, Yavatmal by ensuring special privilege and benefit to his community candidates.
Rahman is said to have invited the ire of his seniors by altering the examination pattern of Constabulary recruitment examination and reportedly assaulted junior officers as well.
A departmental inquiry by the then city police commissioner indicted Rahman and cast aspersion over his “moral turpitude and integrity”. The then DIG Dr PS Pasricha of Amravati Range also requested the home secretary not to assign Rehman on any independent charge.
According to a court filing by Rajanikant Borele of Pandharkawda, Rahman was charged with criminal offences under various sections of IPC and Mumbai Police Act in the Pandharkawda Police Station. The charges were based on an order passed by the JMFC Aziz Khan. Rahman subsequently challenged this order before the high court.
In 2015, Maharashtra police’s Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) recommended to the home department that Rahman’s promotion be kept in abeyance because of adverse annual confidential reports (ACR).