The police chief of Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district has set the cat among the pigeons by naming two top BJP leaders, including the party’s state president, for ordering the transfer of two constables.
Political interference in transfers and postings of government servants is an open secret in the country. But it is perhaps for the first time that anyone has officially named the political bosses who "ordered" the transfers.
The BJP is the ruling party in Madhya Pradesh and the party’s state chief Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan was appointed recently by the party’s new national president Amit Shah.
In his transfer order, the Khargone superintendent of police (SP) NP Warkade said that head constable Mukesh Yadav was being transferred from Balwara police station to Barwaha police station following direction of state BJP president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan.
It added constable Manish Morchale was being transferred from Khargone to Oon police station following recommendation of Khargone district in-charge minister Vijay Shah.
The letter (no. 10776/14) was issued on August 30. The HT has a copy of the transfer letter.
SP Warkade admitted that he had issued the orders on the directions of Chauhan and Shah but did not give any reasons for naming the two BJP leaders.
When contacted for his reaction, Chauhan also admitted that he had recommended the transfer.
He said that the matter pertained to his constituency and that all MPs and MLAs routinely make such recommendations, but added that the SP should not have written their names in the transfer order.
"I will talk to the SP," said Chauhan, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Khandwa.
Khargone, a city on the banks of the Kunda river, is around 140 km from Indore.