Days after a video that showed an IPS officer thrashing his wife went viral, a TV anchor filed a police complaint in Bhopal on Tuesday against the woman and her son, accusing them of tarnishing her reputation.
The anchor of a regional TV channel, in whose apartment the incident took place , filed the complaint at the Shahpura police station and claimed that the IPS officer is ‘like a father’ to her and calls her ‘beta’.
Purushottam Sharma, a 1986 batch IPS officer, was transferred following a viral video which showed him thrashing his wife, to whom he is married past 32 years, soon after she confronted him at the anchor’s flat.
The anchor has demanded that police take appropriate action in the matter and protect her from undergoing “mental torture.” “As I am associated with journalism, I keep meeting officials and politicians quite often,” she said in her complaint.
“On Sunday (September 27), DG Purushottam Sharma called me around 7 pm, saying he is near my place (residence), so I invited him over for a cup of tea,” she said.
The anchor said some time later, Sharma’s wife also reached her flat and rang the doorbell. “I dont know her but I opened the door out of courtesy, after which she forcibly entered the flat,” she added.
Sharma and his wife had a fight, after which the IPS officer went out of the house,” she said.
She claimed that Sharma’s wife stayed back and asked her “unnecessary questions” and also made a video-recording of her bedroom, which was made viral on social media by Sharma’s son, making “baseless allegations” against her.
“I never realised that his coming to my home for a cup of tea will become such a big issue. It has tarnished my image and compromised my privacy,” she said in the complaint.
The order to remove Sharma from the post of Director Public Prosecution and transfer him to the state secretariat without assigning him any post was issued by the state home department Under Secretary Annu Bhalavi on Monday.
“Two videos related to you went viral on social media in which prima facie you are seen engaging in immoral behaviour and domestic violence with your wife,” a show-cause notice issued by Bhalavi to Sharma had said.
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, and requested that a complaint be registered against his father.