1. Thakur approached Allahabad High Court in 2013 arguing that there was a need for creating a Unified Police Association in UP where there would be no distinction between IPS and their subordinate police officers. “Today the need is not to think in partisan manner to create artificial divisions in the police monolith but to think of the police as a single entity”, he argued in his plea. The High Court directed that if the petitioner has any grievances against the Uttar Pradesh IPS Association, he may approach authorities concerned for appropriate action in accordance with law.
2. In May 2014, Thakur approached the Central Administrative Tribunal’s Lucknow Bench to file a case against the existence of Rule 7 of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules 1968, titled “Criticism of Government”. He argued that the rule is against the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under section 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. As a member of the Indian Police Service and hence a member of the All India Services, he said, he was personally affected by these rules and was hence an affected party. DoPT secretary was the respondent in the case.
3. Thakur moved Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court against UP government’s introduction of five-day working scheme on 30 October 2004 which he said was discriminatory in nature. The IPS officer argued that the measure was limited only to Head of Department (HOD) offices and not to district offices, thereby denying the same facility to Commandant PAC and SP offices where the work continued for six days a week. The petition said that since the scheme was meant for “healthy work culture in administration, working efficiency and better productivity”, 5 days week scheme must not be denied to anyone.
4. Thakur also made public what he called the “cane scam” in UP Police. He alleged that there was large-scale corruption in purchase of body protector, polycarbonate cane and polycarbonate shield in 2010. He talked about profiteering by private firms in supplying canes.
5. Thakur filed a writ petition in Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court in March 2014 against the existence of Section 33(7) of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951 that permits a person to contest from two places for the House of the People, the Council of States, the Legislative Assembly of the states and the legislative councils of states. (PM Narendra Modi himself fought from two seats in 2014 General Elections)
6. The IPS officer in September 2014 filed a writ petition in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court praying for formation of national and state level Men’s Commission to look after specific men related problems. The petitioner said that it cannot be disagreed that women have more difficult position vis-à-vis men. But at the same time, as the petition argued, there are instances of empowered women misusing their superior position, and sometime women-centric laws are used against men.
7. Thakur and his activist wife Nutan Thakur wrote a letter to the then Prime Minister (dated June 13, 2013) appealing for formation of regulatory/controlling/professional bodies to monitor astrologers, God-men, religious preachers etc. They made the letter public.
8. In June 2014, Thakur posted a personal blog saying he was planning to write a book on Arvind Kejriwal -- the man, his personality, his making, his truth, the myths and the realities and the lives and times surrounding him. He asked people to give him necessary inputs. (NB: Like Kejriwal, Thakur is an IIT product and both were contemporaries)
9. He also made a survey using Facebook, LinkedIn and emails. The question was “Whenever you hear the word ‘police’ what feeling first comes into your mind?”. Thakur made public the names of the respondents and their responses. One respondent wrote: “Dear Amitabh, The first thing which comes is "fear" ..., And the next which comes up is them being "corrupt", so " unnecessary harassment”.
10. There is no doubt that Thakur is extremely unpopular among his own IPS colleagues. But he feels his colleagues in the uniform would one day follow his path. Once he blogged:
A time shall come,
when you shall think like me,
the distances presently seen,
shall get eroded all by itself