On May 27, the Allahabad High Court ordered the state government to file a response to a habeas corpus writ petition seeking the production of Mani Lal Patidar, an IPS officer and former superintendent of police (SP) in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh.
Patidar has been missing since November 27, 2020, and is untraceable, according to the petition. He was fired as Mahoba’s SP in September 2020 after a stone crusher dealer named Indramani Tripathi released a video accusing him of demanding bribes. The Uttar Pradesh police issued a ‘look-out’ notice for him some time ago and offered a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who can provide information about his whereabouts.
he petition also stated that Patidar was about to expose some wrongdoing in the state administration, and that his life could be in danger as a result. It asked the court to order the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation into Patidar’s whereabouts (CBI).
The court directed the agency dealing with the investigation of the cases pending against Mani Lal Patidar to file an affidavit that would answer some specific questions.