There is nothing cold about it anymore. Matters warmed up to a boil after city police commissioner Sanjay Srivastava, on return from a foreign trip, revoked all decisions taken by in-charge commissioner Ajay Chaudhary. CP was on a 15-day leave since August 2.
For those familiar with the dynamics of the two, it is no open secret that both officers share cold vibes. However, as protocol deemed, when CP Srivastava took leave, the charge had to be handed over to senior IGP Ajay Chaudhary.
During his helming of affairs, Chaudhary took some very important decisions, including internal transfers of some inspectors and constables. “He also passed some pending orders. On resuming charge, August 178 onwards, the CP revoked all decisions,” added police insiders.
It is noteworthy that Chaudhury also formed “a team of his own with special police officers.” He is also stated to have cleared “payment of several pending bills.”
Not only did the CP cancel all transfers, but he also sought a list of all names that comprise the squad formed by Chaudhary. Within two days matters reached a crescendo and Home department officials in Delhi had to intervene. Taking serious note of the happenings, the Home department has sought a verbal explanation from the two IPS officers.
“Both are known to have serious differences over administrative issues. But the credibility of the police suffers when led by warring heads and that is what happened. Even though Chaudhury’s decisions were much needed, there is an unwritten rule that in the absence of the CP, the in-charge does not take important decisions on transfer or other administrative matters to. However, Chaudhury’s proactive steps in transferring and clearing pending files were inferred as an overreach of authority,” added the police official.