18 September, 2020

A Transfer Too Many

The juggling of bureaucrats raises many uncomfortable questions

A Transfer Too Many

PROTEST as they might, the BJP government's sudden transfer of Enforcement director, M.K. Bezbaruah, on August 13 is being widely perceived as unabashed capitulation to pressure to save their government. Particularly as it was followed the next day by a major secretary-level reshuffle involving 17 officials which saw revenue secretary N.K. Singh and finance secretary Montek Singh Ahluwalia relinquish their posts.

The most AIADMK-friendly transfer is that of Bezbaruah, which amounts to a blatant violation of former chief justice J.S. Verma's order last year. According to it, any transfers, promotions or appointments of the director, CBI, and director, Enforcement, are to be made by a committee headed by the chief vigilance commissioner, home secretary and secretary, department of personnel.

Highly-placed sources in the Directorate of Enforcement (DOE) say that both Bezb-aruah and revenue secretary N.K. Singh have been on Jayalalitha's hit-list ever since DOE registered six FERA cases against her during the I.K. Gujral regime....



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