Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today filed a complaint with Goa’s Chief Electoral Officers over the very arbitrary transfer of police officers in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections. A copy of the Complaint has been sent to the Chief Election Commissioner of India.
Pointing out that as per the Election Commission directives all police officers who have completed three years at the same posting and are connected with election related work were required to be transferred to a different Taluka, Adv. Rodrigues has in his complaint stated that the orders issued on 22nd Feb transferring various Deputy Superintendent of Police, Police Inspectors and Police Sub-Inspectors was not in strict compliance with the Election Commission directives.
Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that the Director General of Police has very arbitrarily through a questionable process of pick and choose transferred officers at his whims and fancies.
Stating that orders were issued just days before the DGP Dr. Muktesh Chander was transferred out of Goa, Adv. Rodrigues has sought that the Chief Electoral Officer should probe whether monetary consideration guided these transfers effected, as some officers who have completed over three years in the same posting have not been transferred while some who have been on that posting for just over a year have been moved out.
Seeking that this entire matter be investigated, Adv. Rodrigues has sought that the minutes of the meeting of the Police Establishment Board which recommended these transfers be called for.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that strangely the orders issued also do not state that the officers will revert to their present posting after the Elections to the Lok Sabha process is complete.
Drawing the attention of the Chief Electoral Officer that the officers have been directed to join their new posting without availing joining period which is a statutory right of every government servant, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that this very unjustly gives them no time to sort out their personal and family issues before moving to their new posting.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that the DGP was well in advance informed by the Election Commission on the need to transfer the officers and that if he chose to drag his feet on the issue it cannot be to the detriment of the officers who are being denied their rightful joining period.