Bengaluru: Minister boasts he got police official transferred for putting call on hold

Bengaluru (PTI): In an embarrassment to the Congress government in Karnataka, a minister has boasted about his role in the abrupt transfer of a senior woman police official for putting his call on hold on her mobile phone.


A video footage showing Labour Minister P T Parameshwara Naik making a boastful claim for the shunting out of Deputy Superintendent of Police of Kudligi sub-division in Ballari district Anupama Shenai has gone viral.

The claim by Naik, the district minister in charge, to party workers in Hadagali assembly constituency, has added more embarrassment as it comes only a few days after he rejected any role in the transfer as “far from the truth.”

The Minister had then claimed that the officer has been transferred for administrative reasons.

“You are important for me, not officers, I have never played politics on officials. For 42 seconds, DySP spoke to me, it is 42 seconds not minutes,” Naik is seen telling a group of party workers in the video.

“When I called her again, she did not receive, so I have got her transferred, this is true. Why do we want officials who don’t take district Minister’s phone?” he said.

Shenai had reportedly received a call from a number which said the Minister would speak to her.

At the same time, she also received a call from the Superintendent of Police, Ballari and she allegedly put the Minister’s call on hold and spoke to the SP.

Angered by this, Nailk reportedly took her to task and also complained to her higher-ups.
Meanwhile, Home Minister and State Congress Chief G Parameshwara has said that the DySP has not been transferred.

“I want to clarify to you she has not been transferred, she has been sent on OOD (On Official Duty) by concerned head of the department, we also won’t know about it. It happens naturally in administrative and official setup,” he said.

The minister drew flak from BJP, with its state unit President Prahlad Joshi, alleging that the morale of the state police had considerably gone down due to the action of politicians like Naik.


  1. Thank God,Inspector spoke to Minister for only 42 seconds. If She has spoken 42 minutes to Him, Anupama Shenai could have transformed into a Corrupt Police Officer like most Ministers. He would have taught Her how to be Corrupt in 42 minutes. People Elect these no good people to represent them. Police Department should keep close eye on these Ministers and nail them when involved in illegal activities. Hope all of Us in Mangalore remember Inspector Pramod case. Two Ministers got involved in Mr Pramod case too. We are blackmailed by some of these Elected Officials.

  2. Nothing but gross abuse of power! His ego was hurt by a woman. This is exactly what is wrong with the country – why does a minister who has nothing to do with the police department gets the right or influences the transfer of a police officer? Why does any minister gets any power in transfer of officials? When will this nonsense end?

  3. Mr. Joe D’Souza,

    The Police Officer who has been victimized by this uncouth, rustic and probably corrupt politician is not an Inspector, but a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who has a couple of full-fledged Inpectors and others reporting to her.

    Every profession in India has an educational criteria, why not for politicians? Are they some special or untouchable breed? There should be special institutes affiliated to an University or Universities where all future politicians should graduate before they can take part in elections. They should be grounded in matters like how to speak politely and effective, importance of grooming, dressing, eating, respecting people and beaucrats and being very conscious when enjoying at taxpayers’ cost. It should be drilled into their thick heads that THEY ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS.

    Most Indian politicians have an exaggerated importance of themselves and act as feudal lords.

  4. It’s very interesting to see how most of the comments are directed towards this arrogant minister, not the party in power. By the way, I agree that we shouldn’t unnecessarily attack a political party or an organization every time one of its members is seen doing something wrong. However, I don’t see the same level of restraint when it comes BJP or RSS. All of a sudden, it turns into a ‘sangha parivaara’ and Hindu-bashing!! LOL Is it too much to ask for intellectual honesty? smiles….

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