Women officers D Roopa and Rohini Sundari transferred without posting following public spat over social media photos
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Two senior officers in the state of Karnataka, IPS D Roopa and IAS Rohini Sundari, have been transferred without new postings following a public spat between the two women over the posting of photos on social media.
The transfer has caused a strife, with some criticizing the state government for not following proper procedures and for transferring officers who were doing good work in their previous positions.
IPS D Roopa
IPS ROOPA on twitter
“My complaint on corruption of Rohini sindhuri IAS, which is already now in public domain. Please don’t circulate wrong ones. And please bear with my silence, for, I will not be reacting to anything related to this. Report submitted to Govt.”
IPS ROOPA replied in twitter
Kusuma, I understand your pain as a woman. And the pain of many other women (some of them in ias), yet helpless. But finally, someone has to stand up against the perpetrator (even if she is a woman). With u on this matter. May God give “her” empathy n sadbuddhi not to repeat .
IPS D Roopa has alleged “wrongdoings” by IAS Rohini Sindhuri, while IAS officer Sindhuri has called the allegations baseless and accused Roopa of making the comments against her out of personal hatred. Sindhuri has also said that Roopa was behaving as if she had lost her mental balance.
The two officers have accused each other of violating the Civil Services Conduct rules. The IAS officer has even threatened IPS D Roopa with legal and other actions with appropriate authorities.
The Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has expressed displeasure against the conduct of the two women officers and warned of action. The transfer of the officers has further fueled speculation that the government is trying to suppress dissent and criticism.
The transfer of both officers without new postings is a departure from the usual practice of providing officers with new postings when they are transferred. It is not entirely clear from the available information why the officers were transferred without new postings or what their future plans are. However, it appears that they will continue to serve the state government in some capacity.
The public spat between the two officers appears to have been triggered by the posting of photos on social media. While it is not clear what the photos depicted or why they were posted, the exchange between the two women quickly escalated into accusations of wrongdoing and personal attacks.
The controversy has once again raised concerns about the state of civil service in India, where political interference and personal rivalries are often cited as major challenges facing the bureaucracy. The transfer of the officers without new postings has also fueled speculation that the government is trying to suppress dissent and criticism, particularly from women officers.
The transfer of Manish Moudgil, husband of IPS officer D Roopa, to the Administrative Reforms department has added to the controversy. It is not clear why Moudgil was transferred or what his future plans are.
The transfer of the two officers without new postings has also raised questions about the government’s commitment to gender equality and the promotion of women in the civil service. The state government has come under criticism in the past for its handling of issues related to women, including the treatment of women officers and the handling of sexual harassment complaints.
The controversy over the transfer of the two officers is likely to continue, with many calling for a full investigation into the matter. The government’s handling of the situation will be closely watched, particularly in light of concerns about political interference in the bureaucracy and the need for a strong and independent civil service.