At the time when the entire nation is speaking out against corruption, an Indian Police Service officer, posted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, had to pay the price for acting against the corrupt.
Aslam Khan, posted as the superintendent of police (anti-corruption) in the Andamans, arrested eight government officials for taking bribe in October and November last year.
Khan arrested four officials of the Port Blair Municipal Council in October for purchasing electrical items at exorbitant rates. She then went on to arrest four more government employees, including a traffic police sub-inspector, for taking bribe.
What followed next was not a pat on the back but a transfer order.
"All of them were trap cases where she conducted raid after receiving a complaint and nabbed the officers red handed. The series of raids created lot of news and for an islander, it was for the first time someone was trying to act against the corrupt. She even gave out a common mobile number and email for complaint," said a local activist, requesting anonymity.
Khan, posted as additional deputy commissioner of police in Delhi, was transferred to Andaman in November 2012. She was initially posted as the superintendent of police (headquarters) and in February 2013 she was given the charge of the anti-corruption unit. She took leave on health grounds and resumed charge in September.
Fearing more arrests, the 2007 batch officer was transferred as head of the Police Training School in Andaman in December.
Angry locals moved an online petition urging the government to re-install her in the anti-corruption unit after the news of her transfer came in.
"The fact that in a short span she proved her mettle by trapping so many corrupt government servants is ignored by the administration. Series of successful operations had started to create a sense of fear," the activist added.
Chief secretary, Anand Prakash, however, said it was a routine transfer.
"It was an administrative decision and there was one more officer who needs to be adjusted. A proposal was put by the police establishment board and she was transferred," said Prakash.
Usually, an IPS officer serves at least two years on any post.
Khan's case is reminiscent of that of Indian Administrative Service officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.
Nagpal was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government last year after she cracked down on the sand mafia in Noida. She was later reinstated.