Ignoring opposition protests, Andhra transfers police official (Lead)April 6th, 2012 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, April 6 (IANS) Ignoring protests by opposition parties and objection by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) chief, the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh Friday went ahead with the transfer of a police official who was probing a liquor pay-off scandal allegedly involving some ministers.
A couple of hours after the opposition parties asked Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to revoke the transfer of ACB additional director Srinivas Reddy, the officer was relieved of his post and asked to take charge of inspector general of coastal security.
Srinivas Reddy told reporters that he acted in an impartial manner and hoped that his successor would take this forward and submit his report to the high court on April 16, as directed by the court.
Asked about the delay in assuming the new charge, Srinivas Reddy said since the case was sensitive, the ACB director asked him to brief Special Investigation Team (SIT) members on the status of the investigations.
Earlier, a delegation of leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Lok Satta called on the chief minister and urged him to defer the transfer order at least till the official submits his report to the high court.
The opposition parties alleged Srinivas Reddy was transferred under pressure from transport minister and state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana.
The chief minister, however, told the delegation that the transfer was not aimed at protecting anybody but was done as part of the normal process. He pointed out that Sreenivas Reddy was promoted as inspector general of police and posted as chief of coastal security.
The chief minister said Sreenivas Reddy’s successor would continue an impartial probe.
The opposition delegation, however, was unsatisfied. TDP leader M. Narasimhulu said that since Sreenivas Reddy was investigating the role of Botsa and other ministers, he was transferred.
CPI state secretary K. Narayana said the government succumbed to pressure by the liquor syndicate. He alleged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary incharge of party affairs in the state Ghulam Nabi Azad intervened in the matter to transfer the IPS official.
Addressing a TDP meeting, its president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said mafias were ruling the state. He pointed out how the ACB official was transferred just before the chief minister was to leave for New Delhi.
Both the chief minister and state Congress chief were summoned to the national capital by the party leadership amid reports of growing rift between the two over the liquor scandal.
ACB director D. Bhoobathi Babu had also written a letter seeking Srinivas Reddy’s retention.
Babu had written to chief secretary Pankaj Dwivedi to revoke the transfer order as it would send wrong signals and hamper the probe.
The transfer came at a time when the probe by Srinivas Reddy led to arrest of several excise and police officials and liquor traders. The ACB raids also revealed the alleged role by politicians, who colluded with liquor traders to allow them to sell liquor at prices higher than the maximum retail price fixed by the excise department.
- Andhra opposition protests transfer of official probing liquor scandal - Apr 06, 2012
- Andhra official probing liquor scandal transferred - Apr 04, 2012
- Andhra minister asked to quit over bribe charge - Feb 08, 2012
- Raids on liquor syndicates in Andhra - Jan 27, 2012
- Court asks Andhra to reconsider probe official's transfer - Apr 16, 2012
- Andhra excise ministers rules out resignation (Lead) - Feb 08, 2012
- Notices to three Andhra legislators in liquor pay-off scam - Jun 09, 2012
- TDP demands sacking of Andhra ministers - Dec 20, 2011
- More cases registered in Andhra liquor scam - Apr 17, 2012
- Andhra assembly adjourned again - Feb 15, 2012
- Andhra high court admits petition for liquor mafia probe - Feb 27, 2012
- Toll in Andhra hooch tragedy rises to 18 - Jan 02, 2012
- Hooch kills 17 in Andhra (Second Lead) - Jan 01, 2012
- Congress leader for legal aid to jailed former minister - Jul 08, 2012
- Congress shocked, opposition hails Andhra minister's arrest - May 24, 2012
Tags: acb, andhra pradesh, chief minister, communist party of india, congress government, corruption bureau, CPI, impartial manner, impartial probe, investigation team, kiran kumar, narayana, opposition parties, opposition protests, police official, srinivas reddy, state congress, state secretary, tdp leader, transport minister