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Transfer of SHOs has always kicked up dust

Transfer of SHOs has always kicked up dust
The transfer of station head officers (SHOs) of police stations in the national Capital has always invited controversy. Delhi police is not known to follow any uniform policy in the matter and rules have changed from the regime of one police commissioner to another, with or without the backing of the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

Under the National Capital Territory (NCT) Act, the control of the Delhi Police has been retained by the centre with the elected government of the city having no hold over it. Last Monday, 50 SHOs were transferred by the police headquarters. This time too, the transfers have come amidst the controversy that the son of minister for home affairs Rajnath Singh was taken to task by none other than the prime minister for assuring favourable postings to police officers. The charge has since been denied by both the home minister and the PMO.

The transfer of  SHOs is carried out following review of cases by the Police Establishment Board headed by Commissioner of Police and with senior officers as members. Though the review involves purview of experience, batch system, interview, performance and recommendation, there has been allegations of influence peddling.

RK Singh, former home secretary, had alleged soon after demitting office that the then home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would recommend transfers and postings in Delhi police. After the NDA govt came to power on 26 May, two major rounds of transfers have been carried. The first involved transfers of 36 assistant commissioners of police (ACPs). The orders were passed on 25 July. The order for second round of major transfers involving 50 SHOs and 20 ACPs was issued on 25 August.

The SHOs report to the ACPs who are their immediate supervisory officer and first level of police officers enjoying magisterial powers under commisssionarate system.

Chayanika Nigam

Chayanika Nigam

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