T.N. refuses again to relieve IPS officers
By Our Special Correspondent
CHENNAI, NOV. 30. The controversy over the transfer of three IPS officers from Tamil Nadu by the Centre continues with the State Government again reiterating its inability to relieve them.
In response to the Centre's letter last month asking Tamil Nadu to make clear its ``final stand'' on the transfer, the State Government is said to have sent a detailed letter a few days ago. According to sources, the State Government stood by its earlier stand that the officers were not eligible for transfers.
The transferred officers - the Chennai Police Commissioner, Mr. K. Muthukaruppan, the Joint Commissioner, Mr. S. George, and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Christopher Nelson - have moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), challenging the Centre's decision to post them in the Cabinet Secretariat in New Delhi. Soon after the controversial arrest of the DMK president, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, on June 30, the Centre issued orders transferring the officers, who were named by the DMK as being responsible for the alleged police excesses. But the State Government wrote back declining to relieve them on the ground that they were not among the ``listed'' officers for Central deputation. Also, they were ineligible for transfers now.
However, the Centre sent another letter asking the State to relieve them. As the Government reiterated its inability, the Centre sent a reminder last month, asking it to clarify its final stand.
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