Senior police officials in Madhya Pradesh are being allegedly transferred on the basis of political recommendations, according to information received through an RTI reply.
The recommendations were being made by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's office and forwarded to the state home department for necessary action, the RTI query has found.
A file noting seeking transfer of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Raghu Prasad from Special Branch, Shahdol, to either the force headquarters in Bhopal or the traffic department in neighbouring Satna was made by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) and sent to the home department for further action. The note sheet, a copy of which was made available to RTI activist Ajay Dubey, mentions a meeting of the BJP MP from Satna, Ganesh Singh, with the Chief Minister. Singh had requested Chouhan, who was in Satna on an official tour last year, to transfer the police officer from Shahdol, the note sheet said.
Various letters recommending transfers and postings of senior police officers were being made by the CMO, it said.
The note sheet seeking transfers of DSP Ranvijay Singh Bhadoria, SP Onkar Singh Kalesh, DSP BS Raghuwanshi, DSP MP Sharma and Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Sitaram Saryam, were also issued by the CMO. The copy of final orders for these police personnel were not provided by the state government.
In September last year, Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister, had forwarded a proposal for the transfer of the police officers.
A proposal seeking new postings for other officers was forwarded to the home department by Saxena, according to the note sheet.
Dubey had sought details of transfers and postings of police personnel and officers selected through state and central civil services on the basis of political recommendations. The General Administration Department (GAD) had rejected the request for information on transfers and postings of administrative officers citing an exemption clause in RTI Act which bars disclosure of "third party information". "There is a need to constitute civil services board to ensure transparency in transfers and postings of IPS and IAS officers," said Dubey.
The Union Ministry of Personnel has directed all states to ensure a fixed tenure of two years for IAS, IPS and IFS officers.
It has also asked that a civil services board be constituted by the states to decide on the premature transfer of officers. The directive is aimed at checking political interference in the working of bureaucrats.