Poll panel transfers Andhra Pradesh police chief (Lead)March 18th, 2009 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, March 18 (IANS) The Election Commission Wednesday ordered the transfer of Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Shyam Sundar Prasad Yadav for praising the Congress state government.
Acting tough on a complaint by opposition parties, the poll panel ordered the transfer of the police chief, who also earned the panel’s wrath by not seeking its permission before leaving for Singapore.
State Chief Electoral Officer I.V. Subba Rao told reporters Wednesday evening that the Election Commission has directed the state government to transfer the DGP before March 20.
“The Election Commission has also asked the government to submit by 11 a.m. on Friday names of three officials for appointment as the new DGP,” he said.
While addressing a press conference in Kurnool a few days ago, DGP Yadav had praised the Congress government and Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for recruiting over 37,500 police personnel and for rehabilitation of the surrendered Maoists. “No other state government or chief minister in the country has done this,” he had said while showering praise on the government.
The Telugu Desam Party and other opposition parties had lodged a complaint with the Election Commission. Seeking his removal, they said that free and fair elections were not possible under him. The poll panel issued him a notice but was not satisfied with his explanation.
The panel went through the CD of Yadav’s press conference and other records submitted by the state election authorities before taking the decision.
What angered the poll panel further was the action of Yadav in not taking its permission before leaving for Singapore to attend a conference in the midst of the election process. Chief Electoral Officer Subba Rao Tuesday said the DGP had not taken its nod for his foreign junket.
Controversies surrounded the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Bihar cadre ever since the government appointed him as DGP while ignoring some officers who were senior to him.
Simultaneous elections to the 294-member state assembly and 42 Lok Sabha seats are scheduled to be held in two phases on April 16 and April 23.
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