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A news anchor of a regional TV channel in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh has filed a police complaint against the wife and son of IPS officer Purushottam Sharma, who was transferred on Monday after a CCTV video that showed him thrashing his wife went viral.

The news anchor accused Sharma’s wife and son of tarnishing her reputation. The video was allegedly shot after Sharma’s wife confronted him at the anchor’s flat. The anchor submitted the complaint in Shahpura police station and claimed that the 1986-batch IPS officer was “like a father” to her and even called her “beta”.

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According to Shahpura police station in-charge Jitendra Patel, the anchor’s complaint states that her privacy and image have suffered a lot in society and even caused disrepute to her name. She added in her complaint that the police need to protect her from undergoing “mental torture,” and that appropriate measures need to be taken.

The anchor said that as she was associated with journalism, she keeps on meeting politicians and officials quite often. On Sunday, DG Sharma rang her up at 7 pm stating that he was near her place. Hence, she invited Sharma for a cup of tea. Later, Sharma’s wife (whom the anchor did not know) reached her flat and rang the doorbell.

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She proceeded to forcibly enter the flat and fought with her husband after which the IPS officer went out. The anchor claimed that Sharma’s wife stayed back and also asked her unnecessary questions. She added that the wife even made a video recording of the bedroom which was made viral by Sharma’s son Parth all while making “baseless allegations”.

On Monday, state home department under-secretary Annu Bhalavi issued an order to remove the IPS officer from the post of Director Public Prosecution and transfer him to the state secretariat without assigning him any post. The show-cause notice issued by Bhalavi to Sharma said, “Your actions are in violation of the All India Services rules and therefore, you are directed to give your clarification on why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for your acts.”

The state government has also asked Sharma to submit his reply by 5:30 pm on Tuesday. Failing to do so would mean Sharma has no response to file and accordingly action will be initiated against him. Parth, who is a deputy commissioner in the Income Tax Department, had sent the video to state home minister Narottam Mishra and some other senior bureaucrats. He even requested that a complaint should be registered against his father.

Sharma, who had been married for 32 years now, had previously said that this is a family matter and not a crime, thereby he is not a criminal. He even added that his wife is a stalker and follows him wherever he goes.

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