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TN DGP appointment: strange issues crop up

By IndianMandarins- 23 Feb 2019


The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a strange clarification from the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary as to how T.K. Rajendran, a 1984-batch IPS officer, is the Director-General of Police/Head of Police Force in the State since he should have retired from service two years ago.


Replying to a proposal of the State government to promote four batches of IPS officers in the ranks of Superintendent of Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Inspector-General of Police and Additional Director-General of Police, the Home Ministry raised certain queries and called for an explanation.


TN officials are reportedly taken by surprise by the MHA queries. It's pointed out that  Rajendran was appointed Director-General of Police/Head of Police Force on the day he was to retire from service. He got the benefit of a fixed two-year tenure as per the Supreme Court ruling in the Prakash Singh case. The Union Public Service Commission was also part of the process.

The Home Ministry has also asked how IPS officers have been kept in ex-cadre posts for more than two years without the approval of the Centre.

The proposal of the State government recommending promotion to IPS officers had referred to two officers — B. Balanagadevi and D. Abhinav Kumar — as officers on Central deputation. It was pointed out that these officers were on inter-cadre deputation to Telangana and Bihar respectively and could not be brought under the head of Central deputation.


There are 229 IPS officers in Tamil Nadu, including those on Central deputation and inter-state cadre deputation, but the list submitted by the State in the proposal for promotions mentioned that there were 230 officers. The Home Minister has sought a response to the “observations” in order to process the proposal.


TN officials say that it is true that many officers are serving in ex-cadre posts for more than two years without the approval of the Centre. But this is not unique to Tamil Nadu...Many States have the practice of posting IPS officers to ex-cadre posts that were created based on court orders or observations, Government orders etc.

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