The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Ernakulam Bench, on Tuesday declined to stay the transfer of four IPS officers in the state.
Four IPS officers had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal challenging the government’s decision to transfer them from their present locations. The petition was submitted by Uma, S Ajeetha Begum, Putta Vimaladitya and Manjunath H, District Police Chiefs of Alappuzha, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad, respectively.
The IPS officers contended that as per the provision of the Kerala Police Act incorporated in 2011, the government has to ensure a minimum of two years of service for all police officers at a location. “In response to a Supreme Court directive, the Centre in January 2014, had incorporated a provision in the Indian Police Service (Cadre) Rules 1954, for providing minimum tenure of two years.
Thus, the Centre and State had protected some officers against frequent transfers by amending their respective rules,” the officers submitted.
The officers alleged that the officers who had replaced them were handpicked by political leaders to make a space for manipulations in the Lok Sabha elections.