Belgaum | Govt. recommends transfer of police officers, includes Belagavi Police Commissioner


Published: 29/03/2018



The State government has recommended the transfer of some police officers, including City Police Commissioner D.C. Rajappa, and sought consent from the Election Commission of India (EC).

If he is transferred, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Annigeri Manjunath will replace him.

This follows the EC guideline that officers facing criminal cases should be shifted out of public offices involved in election work.

The State electoral office has confirmed receipt of this letter. “The EC has issued guidelines to shift officers facing criminal cases or department inquiry related to election offences. All departments are strictly following these guidelines,” a senior officer in the chief electoral office said. He said the recommendation regarding transfer of five IPS officers, including Dr. Rajappa, would be decided on in a day or two.

The Police Commissioner is facing a criminal case filed by the Lokayukta police in 2008. The case has not reached its logical end as the government is yet to accord prosecution permission to start legal proceedings against him.

Additional DGP R.K. Dutta had sped up investigation into 90 cases against officers in 2008 and sought prosecution sanction against the former Additional Superintendent of Police D.C. Rajappa and Executive Engineer Lashkari Naik. Both were not received.

According to Lokaykta rules, investigating agencies probing cases against members of the All India Services should get prosecution permission from the Union government. In 2014, the State government claimed that the permission request against Dr. Rajappa was returned by the Centre seeking translated copies of the request and some other documents.

Alok Kumar, IGP (North West), feels this is a probable cause behind the recommendation.

The status of a case where the prosecution permission is awaited is considered pending, not closed. This may be one of the reasons the recommendation has been sent to the EC, he said. The IGP has shifted two sub-inspectors in Belagavi who are facing criminal charges.

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Source : TH