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IPS officer to move Bombay HC against Maharashtra govt’s recent transfer order


Maharashtra’s seniormost IPS officer Sanjay Pandey has finalised his plea to be filed before the Bombay High Court, challenging the state’s decision to appoint him as DG, Maharashtra State Security Corporation, while overlooking other top posts.

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Maharashtra’s seniormost IPS officer Sanjay Pandey will be moving the high court over his transfer order. (Representative image)

Maharashtra’s seniormost IPS officer Sanjay Pandey has finalised his plea to be filed before the Bombay High Court, challenging the state’s decision to appoint him as DG, Maharashtra State Security Corporation, while overlooking other top posts.

Pandey said in the plea that he is challenging the attempt to sideline and praying that the government be directed to consider his appointment to the post of Director General of Police (DGP) in Maharashtra.

He has raised the issue of his seniority in the plea and said that it is a violation of a 2006 judgment. The IPS officer has also highlighted the Bombay High Court ruling in Anamika Roy vs S Chakravarty case.

Last week, Pandey had written to CM Uddhav Thackeray claiming that he is being sidelined time and again. Pandey, who was earlier Director General, Home Guards, was transferred during the reshuffle of top IPS officials in Maharashtra.

Pandey is contending that the appointments is an ‘arbitrary exercise’ to promote some officers and cited the examples of former DGP Subodh Jaiswal, who had gone on central deputation, and has been appointed chief of the Central Industrial Security Force.

Hemant Nagrale, the second most senior IPS officer in the state after Pandey, was given additional charge of DGP. But after Param Bir Singh was shunted out as the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Nagrale took his place. The state government appointed Rajneesh Seth, the fourth senior most officer as the acting DGP.

Pandey, who was promoted as the Director General of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation, wrote to CM Uddhav Thackeray, claiming injustice was meted out to him during the transfer. He wrote that he would have understood if the government considered him as an “incompetent officer”.

“But on the contrary it was recognising my competence and integrity, from among all the police officers in Maharashtra, I was entrusted serious confidential enquiries in recent past,” Pandey wrote, adding that the state had once wanted him to conduct a probe against senior officer of ADG rank.



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