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Lapang denies interference in appointment of new DGP
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 19:
Published on 20 May. 2009 12:37 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang on Tuesday denied any political interference in the appointment of Anil Pradhan, a junior IPS officer as the new Director General of Police. The Meghalaya government had chosen Pradhan to lead the police department even though Director General of Home Guards and Civil Defence WR Marbaniang – 1975 IPS batch of Assam-Meghalaya cadre - is the senior most IPS officer in the state. “There is no political interference and we want better results,” Lapang said over the phone from Delhi. Lapang, who also held the charge of Minister of Home, said that if there is any complaint against the appointment, anyone can write to him. In the then NCP-led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government, Pradhan was transferred from his post as Additional DGP (CID) to Additional DGP (Prisons.) Former Home Minister HS Lyngdoh had even charged Pradhan of “destroying” important files relating to the controversial recruitment in the 5th India Reserve Police Battalion. Pradhan was alleged to have acted on the behest of the Congress party during the recruitment drive. He was the Chairman of the Central Recruitment Board apart from being the ADGP then. However, with the Congress back to power, Pradhan was made the DGP and Kulbir Kishan has been transferred as the ADGP (prisons). A senior official in the Home Department, who wish to remain anonymous, said that the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government preferred Pradhan as Krishan’s successor due to the pending CBI probe into the murder of Marbaniang’s maid Rinehskhem Kharsahnoh. Kharashnoh was staying in the residential compound of Marbaniang. The CBI which is investigating into incident for past one and half year is yet to submit its findings to the state government. When contacted, most of the rank and file of Meghalaya police on condition of anonymity termed Krishan’s removal as “political interference”. Krishan, however, said that it was the prerogative of the government to select any officer for any task.

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