Goa’s Chief Electoral Officer has asked the Director General of Police and the Under Secretary (Home) to verify and submit para-wise comments at the earliest on the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues last week over the very arbitrary transfer of police officers.
Pointing out that as per the Election Commission directives all police officers who completed three years at the same posting and are connected with election related work were required to be transferred to a different Taluka, Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to the Election Commission 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 alleged that the former Director General of Police Dr. Muktesh Chander had 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 sought that the Chief Electoral Officer should probe whether monetary consideration guided the transfers effected, as some officers who have completed over three years in the same posting have not been transferred while others who have been on that post for just over a year have been moved out.
Seeking that the entire matter be investigated, Adv. Rodrigues also sought that the minutes of the meeting of the Police Establishment Board which recommended those transfers be called for.
Adv. Rodrigues further stated that strangely the orders issued also do not state that the officers will revert to their earlier posting after the process of elections to the Lok Sabha process is complete.
Drawing the attention of the Chief Electoral Officer that the officers were directed to join their new posting without availing joining period which is a statutory right of every government servant, Adv. Rodrigues stated that this very unjustly gave the officers no time to sort out their personal and family issues before moving to their new posting.
Adv. Rodrigues 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 could not be to the detriment of the officers who have been denied their rightful joining period.