CAT stays BMTF's transfer

CAT stays BMTF's transfer

The Cental Administrative Tribunal today stayed the transfer of Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force Chief ADGP R P Sharma's transfer and also stayed appointment of junior officer P Ravindranath IGP as head of BMTF.

The CAT's Bangalore bench of member (judicial) V Ajay Kumar stayed for a period of two weeks the transfer order of Sharma and the appointment of Ravindranath as BMTF's head.

The BMTF was facing a lot of criticism from the Bangalore city corporation (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials who were being investigated for penal offences and in many cases chargesheet had also been filed. The BBMP employees then went on a 'total' strike which was called off recently in the wake of an appeal by the state government as the agitation was impacting the common man and Independence Day was round the corner.

The state government also assured the striking employees that it would meet their demands which were; transfer of R P Sharma, dilution of BMTF powers and withdrawal of all cases against them. Subsequently Sharma was transferred.

Sharma was appointed ADGP BMTF in January 2012 and therefore should have been continued till January 2014.

Sharma then challenged the transfer and filed a petition before CAT, Bangalore with a prayer for interim relief.

This was, however, opposed by the state government. 

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