Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 3:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Police DG Sanjeev Marik are at odds over the transfer of 47 DSPs and three ASPs, as the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) overturned the orders issued by the DGP.
As per reliable sources, while Patnaik himself has raised questions over the transparency, the CMO has started work to find out the motive behind these transfers. After giving an earful to the DG on the issue last Saturday, the CMO called up all the Range DIG and SP offices to not implement these transfer orders earlier issued by state Police Headquarters.
Notably, the police officials of the state have been concerned over repeated transfers. The issue, however, went out of control when the Police Headquarters issued notifications for transfer of 47 DSPs and three ASPs out of the blue on October 17.
The transfer order, a short while before his retirement on December 31, raised many eyebrows and the police officials took the matter to the notice of the Home Department. The CMO also got involved to find out the facts.
Even as the Home Department suggested against implementation of the transfer orders and CMO bluntly ordered to stop relieving officials. The orders, however, were ignored by the Police Headquarters. Instead, it issued another order on October 30 asking the range IGs and SPs to relieve all concerned officers.
Such was the confusion that the Chief Minister himself had to be involved in the proceedings and halt the transfer.