DMK today moved Election Commission of India seeking transfer of Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections.
In his memorandum to EC in New Delhi, party's Organisation Secretary and Lok Sabha MP T K S Elangovan pointed out the Commission's recent instruction to all state governments to not to assign election duty to police officers who were serving extended terms after their superannuation.
Though the order applied only up to the rank of IG, in Tamil Nadu, the chief of police was a Director General and therefore DMK's present petition.
"It is brought to the notice of the Election Commission of India that Ramanujam has already completed his tenure of more than 2 years 8 months in this post of the Chief of Police so far. And he will be completing three years of tenure in May. The Election Commission of India would not permit anyone to be connected with the conduct of general elections, who has continued in the same post for such a long tenure," he said in his memorandum.
Elangovan complained that Ramanujam was on extension without specific approval of Central government even as he alleged that the official was not eligible to be posted as DGP with the ruling AIADMK "overlooking" the seniority of six police officers at the time of his appointment.
He was given an extension in November 2012 and a government order was issued in this regard and this "arbitrary extension of service" was not challenged by any of the "affected IPS officers," he said.
After the Madras High Court dismissed a PIL against extension of services of Ramanujam, a Special Leave Petition was later filed in the Supreme Court where it was pending, he said. Elangovan said Ramanujam's continuation as DGP was "illegal" and listed out reasons why EC should transfer him.
This included All India Service Rules mandating that no IPS officer can continue in service after completing 60 years of age among others.
"We reliably understand that since the Ministry of Home Affairs has not approved his extension, the Auditor General is refusing to pass the salary bills. He is also not getting his pension. But still, only at the insistence of the Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, K Ramnujam is continuing in the post," he alleged.
This raised "reasonable suspicion" on the DGP's integrity and further created a reasonable apprehension that he may not act in a fair and impartial manner during the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Elangovan apprehended.
The police force under Ramanujam had "not functioned impartially" during the local body elections and subsequent by-polls.
Elangovan said, earlier Election Commission had 'removed' Letika Saran as DGP in 2011 and posted another officer for the conduct of the General Elections that year.
EC in an effort to conduct a fair and free elections "thought it fit to replace her by posting Bholanath," he said, adding, the continuance of Ramanujam "at this critical juncture will be detrimental to the conduct of free and fair elections."
"Therefore, we request the Election Commission of India, to transfer K Ramanuajam, IPS, from the post of Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu and post him at any other State to ensure a free and fair elections in Tamil Nadu to the Lok Sabha in 2014," he said in the memorandum, which was released by the DMK headquarters here.