Put Anupama’s Resignation on hold

Put Anupama’s resignation on hold: CM to police chief

Bengaluru (DHNS):  With public sympathy in DySP Anupama Shenoy’s favour, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday directed DG&IGP Om Prakash not to process her resignation.

The chief minister also asked Prakash not to get provoked by Anupama’s statements on social media.

In a Facebook post, the Kudligi DySP asked Labour Minister P T Parameshwar Naik when he is quitting.


The status in Kannada read: “P T Parameshwar Naik, I have resigned. When are you resigning?” She said people have demanded Naik’s arrest and it led to a law and order problem too. In another post, she talked about releasing a CD against the minister, which, she claimed, ‘could be watched only after midnight’.

Sources said Siddaramaiah has sought an explanation in person from Naik over these allegations. The police department is also mulling disciplinary action against Anupama for her ‘extreme’ comments on social media.

Six months ago, Anupama was transferred for putting Naik’s call on hold. Following public outcry, the transfer order was cancelled.

Earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah said he had “nothing to do” with Anupama’s resignation. “The department concerned will look into it,” he said. The change in stand appears to come following growing criticism of the government on social media for not taking action against Naik.

“I have seen Anupama’s resignation and the department is examining it. I have directed Ballari SP R Chetan to ask her to withdraw it,” Prakash told DH. “Anupama Shenoy is our officer and she worked in the department. Hence, it is our duty to request her to reconsider her decision,” he said.

The chief minister’s directive has stopped the police department from recommending disciplinary action against Anupama. Prakash said he cannot comment on the disciplinary action against her as he has not seen her Facebook posts. “The department will consider every aspect of the episode and take necessary action,” he said, declining to give details.

A senior officer said, “Anupama’s conduct has not gone down well with the top brass. She embarrassed the higher-ups by forwarding her resignation through a constable. Her comments on Facebook project the department negatively. After the constabulary’s protest, the department was not ready to face a second embarrassment.”

An SP-rank officer said Anupama was emotional and immature at times. “She reacts quickly and emotionally to any situation. She felt suffocated after her conflict with Labour Minister P T Parameshwar Naik. She was contemplating resigning for the last couple of months,” he said. Regarding her request to be transferred to Mangaluru or Udupi, he said the DGP’s office did not receive any letter in this regard.

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