Draft charges against Gajbhiye were made as per facts: Ex-DGP

Bhubaneswar: Ten days after his sudden ouster from his post by the Odisha government for his alleged favour to suspended IPS officer and former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye, former Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik on Tuesday bluntly set aside the allegations stating that the draft charges framed against Gajbhiye were based on facts.

Refuting allegations of showing favour to the suspended SP, Marik told OTV that the state government had placed Gajbhiye under suspension on August 13 this year, a week after the police lathicharge on the demonstrators in Kendrapara town.

“The state government later asked me to frame draft charges against Gajbhiye which were prepared as per the directive of the Home department. Nearly 10 days after its order, the state government asked me include the land grab charge report of the Vigilance against Gajbhiye in the draft charges. Again on September 29 and 47th day after Gajbhiye’s suspension, I received another letter from the state government asking me to submit the draft charges within 90 days as per the All India Service Rules. Since half of the days have been elapsed, there should not be any further delay in this regard, it said. On October 7, the office of the DGP received the draft charge report of the Vigilance department. After receiving the draft charge report, the DGP office sent the draft charge memo along with the report prepared by me with through a general draft to the state government on the same day. Hence, the DGP office had not made any delay as it acted as per the directive of the government”, Marik said.

To a question on whether he had deliberately delayed the suspension order of Gajbhiye and made the draft charge report weak to favour him, Marik said the draft charge was framed as per the fact which was collected from TV and video footage.

“I cannot frame the draft charge report on my own will as it has to be purely based on facts. I am very unhappy the way the media had interpreted these events to give an impression that the DGP office had made the delay in submitting the report,” he pointed out.

Asked about the mass transfer of Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) which had peeved the state government and resulted in his ouster, the former DGP said the DGP has no right to transfer the DSP.

“In fact, the transfer of the DSPs is done by the Police Establishment Board (PEB). The DGP, by virtue of being the highest authority of the state police, is the chairman of the Board while ADG (Crime), Director (Intelligence), ADG (Headquarters), a Range IG and the Police Commissioner are the other members”, Marik said.

He said the state government had promoted some DSPs to the rank of Additional SP while about 12 Inspectors were promoted to the rank of DSP.

“To fill up the vacant posts of ASP and DSP, there were specific feedbacks. Besides, the transfer of the promoted officials was made as per the input by the IG, ADG (Crime) and other members of the Board during the meeting which had lasted for more than three hours. The DGP is not authorised to transfer the DSP. The decision is taken by the Board”, he added.

To another question that the DSPs had objected the transfer order and lodged a complaint with the state government, Marik said he cannot say anything on this. “The transfer order is issued after all members of the Board put up their signature. Hence it is wrong to assume that the DGP had ordered the transfer of the DSPs suo motu”, he added.

On his sudden removal from his post, the former DGP said the state government has the privilege and discretion in the appointment of DGP.