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SP issued 2,454 transfer orders for 407 IPS officers in UP during its rule

The information was revealed in a reply to an RTI query which also said that 78 officers were transferred on 10 or more occasions.

lucknow Updated: Mar 30, 2017 12:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Senior IPS officer IG Amitabh Thakur was kept suspended for 10 months while most others were reinstated within a few days or 2-3 months.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The previous Samajwadi Party government issued nearly 2,500 transfer orders to Indian Police Service (IPS) officers serving the state in various capacities during its five-year term that ended earlier this month.

The SP government, which came to power in 2012, issued 2,454 transfer orders to 407 IPS officers from March 2012 to March 2017 in the state, according to information furnished by IG (personnel) PC Meena on a Right to Information (RTI) query by activist Nutan Thakur.

The information revealed that 78 IPS officers were transferred on 10 or more occasions, with Umesh Kumar Srivastava being move the most—20 times. Anees Ahmad Ansari was shunted 18 times, Rajendra Prasad Pandey 17 and Dilip Kumar 16. Five IPS officers, including recently suspended Himanshu Kumar, were transferred 15 times.

The data revealed that at least 215 IPS officers were transferred five or more times during the five-year period.

Among the least-transferred officers were Sanjay Tarde, who was shifted once to CB-CID, and remained there all through and Kamal Saxena, who was moved once to the home department.

According to the RTI reply, among the IPS officers suspended during this period, IG Amitabh Thakur was kept suspended for 10 months while most others were reinstated within a few days or 2-3 months.

As per the information, an IPS officer is transferred 27.3 times in his entire career.

IG Pramod Kumar Mishra was transferred 55 times in his 33 years of service while IG Vijay Kumar Garg has been shifted 52 times, DIG Umesh Kumar Srivastava and IG R K Swarnkar 51 times and Gopal Lal Meena 50 times.

As many as 50 IPS officers in UP cadre who were transferred 40 or more times in their career.

According to Nutan Thakur, these mass-scale transfers during SP regime meant that an average of 1.3 IPS officers were shifted each day for the five-year period, while it also meant that on an average an IPS officer got transferred six times.

First Published: Mar 30, 2017 12:56 IST