The controversy over the transfer of assistant chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kumar Sharma does not seem to be settling down easily.
The state government had transferred Sharma and shifted him in the Directorate of Local Bodies (DLB) wide an order on September 10. When the Election Commission registered objection over the removal of an officer posted in election duty at CEO office, government revoked the order on October 4.
Despite a retreat on transfer the EC does not seem to be satisfied with the government which shifted the officer without any intimation or prior approval from the EC. In a letter to chief secretary CK Mathew, EC under secretary Jaydeb Lahiri has sought specific reasons behind transfer order.
“You are requested to furnish details of the facts as to why the state government transferred Ashish Kumar Sharma from the post of assistant chief electoral officer without obtaining the prior approval of the commission,” reads Lahiri’s letter.
He has also referred an order which requires compulsory permission for such transfers. “…As per the existing instructions assistant CEO, joint chief electoral officer, deputy chief electoral officer in the officer of chief electoral officers are to be transferred and posted with the approval of the commission,” said the same order.
The CS office has forwarded the letter to the Department of Personnel (DoP) and has sought comment on it.