The AP High Court refuses to intervene in EC’s decision to transfer three IPS officer
The High Court’s verdict on Friday that it would not interfere in the EC’s decision regarding the IPS’ transfers has come as a major jolt to Andhra Pradesh government. Director General, Intelligence A.B. Venkateswara Rao along with Rahul Dev Sharma, Kapada SI, and Venkata Ratnam, Srikakulam SP were asked to report to the police headquarters as a division bench headed by Chief Justice C. Praveen Kumar declined to stay the transfer.
Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha issued an order, transferring Venkateswara Rao with no election duty ahead. Terming the petition of the state government as No case for Interim Relief, the bench expressed its inability to interfere with the decision of the Election Commission of India.
Advocate General D. Srinivas stated to the court that the EC’s move was biased and the poll panel has taken an abrupt decision based on the allegations made by the opposition. D. Prakash Reddy supported EC, on the other hand, has taken a stand that the course of action to ensure free and fair elections.
It is a known fact that EC has issued transfer orders to three police officials following a complaint by YSRCP that they were working in favour of ruling Telugu Desam Party. Nevertheless, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has revoked the transfer of DG, Intelligence the very next day under the Representation of People Act, 1951. Abuzz is that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had also written to the EC objecting the transfers terming them as the conspiracy to hide the facts behind Viveka’s murder.
Meanwhile, the YSRCP has once again knocked on the doors of the EC, demanding the transfer of Director General of Police Andhra Pradesh RP Thakur alleging that he carried Rs 35 crore in cash meant for distribution belonging to the TDP in his official vehicle.