EC wants Mirji out, Auradkar in

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Bangalore, April 3, 2013,
The chief electoral officer of Karnataka has recommended the transfer of eight senior police officers, including Bangalore City Police Commissioner B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji.

Raghavendra Auradkar, principal secretary (home), will be replacing him.
“We have sent in our recommendations for the transfer of some senior police officers to the state government. The state government is yet to issue orders to that effect. I don’t want to comment on the issue at this juncture,” said Anil Kumar Jha, the chief electoral officer.

Police sources, however, told Deccan Herald that the election commission has recommended the transfer of Mirji along with some other senior IPS officers in the state.

The poll panel had earlier said that officers who had served in the same position for more than three years should be transferred. Using its discretion, however, the election commission has now recommended the transfers of many officers who haven’t finished a term of three years yet.

Mirji had taken over as the city police commissioner on May 2, 2011, completing an year and ten months in office. A month ago, Mirji was tipped to be transferred to Karnataka State Reserve Police Force. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Bipin Gopal Krishna was supposed to be appointed in his place.

Auradkar, who was out of the state on a private visit, returned to the City on Wednesday evening. He, however, refused to comment on the issue till the state government issued orders to the effect.

With Auradkar, a 1987 batch IPS officer tipped to be the new commissioner, many senior officers who presently hold the rank of ADGP seemed to be disappointed. A senior police officer said that if Auradkar’s appointment is regularised by the new government after the elections, it would lead to a slew of petitions in the courts with many senior officers who feel cheated, questioning the appointment.

The city police administration is up for a major re-haul as the four deputy commissioners of police of north, south, east and central divisions are also likely to be changed as per the recommendations of the poll panel

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