Transfer is not a disciplinary measure, says IPS Karnataka Officer Dr Roopa

Senior IPS officer Dr Roopa said on Friday that the transfer of infected officers did not constitute disciplinary action.

Roopa said this regarding irregularities in the recruitment of 545 police sub-inspectors.

“The government has done justice to eligible applicants aggrieved by deciding to conduct reconsiderations for PSI recruitment. But such [irregularities] can only be arrested when senior officers and others responsible for recruitment are subject to disciplinary measures such as suspension (transfer is not a disciplinary measure). Otherwise the officers will continue to do whatever they want,” Roopa said in a tweet. She is currently the Managing Director of Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation.

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In what was seen as a fallout from the PSI scam, the state government transferred IPS agent Amrit Paul, who was the additional DGP in charge of recruitment. Paul is now additional DGP for homeland security. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah criticized the Basavaraj Bommai administration for “rewarding” the “defiled” officer.

Speaking to reporters in Chitradurga, Bommai objected to the use of the word “defiled” in reference to Paul. “Why do you use the word tainted? Who said he was filthy? Siddaramaiah will say what he wants. [Paul] is not a tainted ADGP. It was an administrative transfer in a normal, routine course,” Bommai said.

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