The Circle Officer who refused to allow jailed Samajwadi Party MLA Vijay Mishra to travel to Lucknow in a private vehicle on Wednesday has been transferred to Aligarh.
CO (Karchana) Radhey Shyam Rai was involved in an argument with Mishra,lodged in Naini Central Jail,when the latter was to be taken to Lucknow for the presidential election.
Talking to The Indian Express over the phone,Rai said: I have got the written transfer orders for Aligarh. I am on leave and will join my new assignment after I am relieved from here. Presently,I am on two-day leave.
Asked whether his transfer should be seen in the light of the altercation with the SP MLA,Rai said: I have nothing to say on this matter.
Superintendent of Police (Crime) Arun Kumar Pandey said he was yet to come across the transfer order personally. It may have reached the SSP office, he said. He added that Rai was on one-day leave. Pandey is overseeing the affairs in the absence of SSP Navin Arora.
Asked whether the spat with the SP MLA was the reason behind the officials transfer,Pandey said: I dont think it was such a huge issue. The CO had not done anything outside the purview of his duty. The two only had an altercation.
On Wednesday,Rai was supposed to escort Mishra,who is accused of an attack on former BSP minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi in July 2010,in which The Indian Express reporter Vijay Pratap Singh and another person were killed,to Lucknow. When Rai told Mishra that he would be taken to Lucknow in a police van,the MLA allegedly got angry and demanded that he be taken in his private vehicle. Rai,however,did not relent,following which Mishra refused to go with him.
Subsequently,another CO was asked to accompany Mishra. But when he refused on account of his illness,the Inspector,High Court security,was deputed to take Mishra to Lucknow in the police van.