The much awaited major shake up in the Tamil Nadu IPS cadre turned out to be a meek affair. After the transfer 22 IAS officers and a cabinet reshuffle in Tamil Nadu, whispers were thick in the air that a major shake-up in the IPS cadre in Tamil Nadu is likely. However, the transfer list released today was only of superficial nature.
The list saw six Additional Superintendents of Police promoted as SPs and posted at various places. In a curious move, the Jayalalitha government has created a new post in the cadre of Superintendent of Police for ‘control room’ in Chennai city. Hitherto, the control room was manned by a Deputy Supdt. of Police. Arun IPS who was working as SP, Kanyakumari was posted as SP, Narcotics Intelligence Bureau CID recently. Now he has again been shunted out of NIB.CID and posted as Commandant, Sundarampalli.
Sources in Fort. St. George say that a major re-shuffle in the IPS cadre is planned by Amma after the Collectors and SPs conference scheduled on November 13 and 14. Initial reports suggested that the shake up in the IPS cadre would take place ahead of the conference and the new incumbents would be suitably advised by ‘Amma’ on law and order and other issues relating to investigation and control of crime. But whispers doing rounds is that Amma wants to meet the police officers eye-to-eye and give them an earful before packing them off to various places.
However, the IPS circles is still abuzz with whispers about transfers and postings. Sources say that even the top copy K.Ramanujam may be relieved of the post of DGP (L&O) and would be instructed to concentrate fully on the state intelligence. Narinder Pal Singh, a 1980 batch IPS officer may be the lucky one to head the state police. Curiously, Narinder Pal Singh, is the only officer in the Tamil Nadu IPS cadre to hold not even a single immovable property, according to his property returns submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Sources also add that forces on behalf of Narinder Pal Singh are working overtime with the corridors of power to secure him the top job.
In the meanwhile, IPS officers in Tamil Nadu are waiting with bated breath for the next list to come out of the Home Department.