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Vijayan government failed to get Centre's clearance for Vigilance chief: RTI

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

In an apparent lapse by the Vijayan-led Left government, an query has revealed that the posting of Loknath Behra as had no clearance from the of Home Affairs and the Personnel department.

Behra was made in March last year and he is also police

As per rules, if any is posted as state Vigilance chief, even on a temporary basis, permission has to be taken of the Union Home and Personnel Ministries. Apparently, in Behra's case, this has not been followed.

Former State and senior termed it "a huge lapse" on the part of the not to have informed the Centre about Behra's appointment.

Behra, known as the the 'blue eyed boy' of the Vijayan government, was posted as state Police the day Vijayan assumed office in May 2016, after the then chief was moved out.

However, Senkumar after an 11-month legal battle got his post back through a directive.

Behra returned as after Senkumar retired after serving 55 days as in May last year, and since then he has been holding both the posts.

According to activist D.B. Binu, not seeking approval of the Union Home and Personnel ministries is "a clear violation of all rules and procedures". He said "the rules are very clear that the has to inform the Centre and get clearance for appointment to the posts of Vigilance chief, and in this case it has not happened."

"Now all the Vigilance cases that Behra has probed should be reopened," said Binu.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 14:26 IST