Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah Saturday said his decision to freeze transfers of more than 600 police officers was not influenced by political considerations and that the final word on transfers rests with the Police Establishment Board headed by the state police chief.
Siddaramaiah said he had only directed the police to hold back the transfers after some legislators of the Congress expressed unhappiness over certain postings.
But,he added,the director general of police,as chairperson of the Police Establishment Board,is the final authority on the issue.
Police chief,L R Pachau,when contacted,refused to comment on the matter.
The government had,in line with the Supreme Court guidelines,empowered the PEB to prepare a list of officers due for transfer. The board listed more than 600 – 498 inspectors and 135 DSPs.
However,several MLAs and some ministers expressed unhappiness with Siddaramaiah,home minister K J George and state Congress chief G Parameshwar for ignoring their preferences in the transfers. Siddaramaiah discussed the matter with George Friday morning and then directed Pachau and Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar,who is on the Police Establishment Board,to stop the transfer till further orders.
They,in turn,informed all officers concerned to stay in their posts for now.