The revealation about transfer of two policemen at the behest of state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan and minister Vijay Shah has given much-needed ammunition to the Congress, which tore into the ruling party on Wednesday accusing it of running a transfer industry and interfering with police functioning.
Terming the recent case as a symptom of a deeper malaise, State Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra alleged that an undeclared transfer industry was being run in the state, and officials can get a posting as per their wish by paying a fixed amount.
Mishra claimed that a policeman of town inspector rank can get a posting of his choice in a small city by paying Rs 2.5 lakh and in a big city by paying Rs 5 lakh.
"The rates are Rs 5 lakh-Rs 10 lakh in case of deputy superintendents of police and SDMs," he said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Mishra went on to allege that the rates are Rs 2.5 crore-Rs 3 crore for getting a posting of superintendent of police (SP) or collector.
"The fact that in half of the 51 districts, the superintendents of police and Collectors are promoted officials, not direct IAS or IPS officials, shows that it is not merit or efficiency but other things that are valued," he added.