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Gujarat to not contest EC move

The Gujarat government has decided to not contest the decision of the Election Commission to transfer top Gujarat cops, reports Rathin Das.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2007 01:20 IST
Rathin Das
Rathin Das
Hindustan Times

The Election Commission has appointed KR Kaushik director-general of police in poll-bound Gujarat after shunting out PC Pande, whose credentials have been suspect after the 2002 riots.

The poll panel had asked for the transfer of DGP Pande, who was the Ahmedabad commissioner in 2002, and five other police officials. All are believed to be loyalists of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

A 1970 batch IPS officer, Pande was shifted from the state for some months to the CBI. Modi, however, got him back two years ago as the DGP.

The poll panel had asked for a list of probables to succeed Pande by Tuesday evening, but the Gujarat government had already begun toying with the idea of challenging the poll panel's move in court.

It, however, had a rethink and sent the list of DGP probables on Wednesday night.

The climbdown came apparently after the realisation that going to court for this could be seen as a sign of weakness.

Moreover, the BJP could have been left red-faced if the court backed the Election Commission's decision. Though the names of the police officers sent to the poll panel for the top cop's job were not disclosed, the choice was anybody's guess. Kaushik is the seniormost IPS officer and is not seen as a BJP man.

The two IPS officers suggested for the post of Ahmedabad commissioner are believed to be K Nitaynandam, MD of the police housing corporation, and SK Saikia, additional DGP (Communications).

Kaushik, a 1972 batch IPS officer, is now additional DGP in the anti-corruption bureau. He helped bring a semblance of normalcy in Ahmedabad after the riots, brought in as part of a police shuffle ordered by KPS Gill, the adviser to the Gujarat government after the 2002 riots.

First Published: Oct 19, 2007 01:12 IST