Published On: Fri, May 27th, 2016

Former top cop questions rationale behind transfer of IAS officer in MP

Lucknow,(UP): Former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh on Friday questioned the rationale behind the transfer of IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar by the BJP-led Madhya Pradesh Government and said that he sees nothing wrong in lauding the contributions of a celebrated prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh.

Former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh.

The retired IPS officer told ANI that the state government should first clarify as to on what grounds has IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar been transferred.

“If it’s just because of him praising India’s first and longest serving prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru then it is just a petty issue. His transfer, solely based on what he has said about Nehru ji is not at all justified,” Singh told ANI.

“Pandit Nehru is considered the ‘chachaji’ of the last two generations. He was a celebrated prime minister of independent India. Even if a few words have been said in his appreciation, I don’t find it objectionable,” he added.

The Madhya Pradesh Government transferred Gangwar, posted as District Collector in Barwani, late last night for praising the country’s first prime minister in a Facebook post.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Gangwar questioned those criticising Pandit Nehru and said that the first prime minister had stopped India from becoming a “Hindu Taliban country” in 1947.

The IAS officer in the Facebook post written in Hindi praised Nehru for promoting scientific temperament and for choosing Vikram Sarabhai and Homi J Bhabha over “intellectuals like Baba Ramdev and Asaram Bapu”.

Reports suggest that the IAF officer’s post did not go down well with the Madhya Pradesh Government, which considered it to be in violation of the service rules.


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