Much before the controversy between the Delhi Police and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) began, there were already signs of the strife that was to follow.
Sources on Tuesday told The Indian Express that Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) Surender Singh Yadav had put in a request to the Delhi Police, seeking the transfer of 12 Inspectors. However, as it has now emerged, none of the seven Inspectors transferred by the Delhi Police on Monday to the ACB are from the list that Yadav had proposed.
Sources said that to address the issue of vacancy of Inspectors in the ACB, Yadav, who took charge last month, had put in a request with the Delhi Police, seeking the transfer of 12 Inspectors. Among those whose names were requested included K K Upadhyay and Ajay Negi.
Reportedly, heads of agencies are allowed to choose officers of their choice, a practice common to most security organisations. In fact, when Yadav, who was earlier posted with the Delhi Traffic Police, had taken over as the ACB chief, he had brought along with him 12 to 15 officers from the Traffic Police to the department. The officers are presently posted at the ACB.
When contacted, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, “The decision to post seven Inspectors who are not part of those requested earlier by the ACB is nothing personal. The decision was taken by the Police Establishment Board. The decision was purely for administrative reasons.”
Delhi Police sources said that there could have been a possibility of the officers requested not being in a position of being relieved from the department immediately. “The officers we have transferred to the ACB are exceptional and two of them have served twice as Station House Officers of police stations concerned,” an officer said.
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