In the recent state assembly, the opposition grilled the home minister on issues ranging from ex-CP Hasan Gafoor’s appointment to IPS officers who refuse to give up cream postings. The State Assembly witnessed a concerted attempted by the opposition BJP to corner Home Minister R R Patil on various issues pertaining to the law and order situation in the state. The BJP members fired salvo after salvo at Patil on issues ranging from former Mumbai CP Hasan Gafoor’s appointment; the City Limouzine scam involving thousands of investors; the alleged irregularities in the purchase of bullet-proof jackets; and the IPS officers who are glued to cream postings in Mumbai. Holding Patil responsible for all the issues, party members sought explanation from the government. BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis even demanded Patil’s resignation over the alleged irregularities in the police procurement deals. The home minister, however, put up a brave face to the five-hour-long debate and challenged the Opposition to prove the charges. Patil defended a few postings saying security and special expertise of the officials was crucial. But around April 15, he will be effecting some major changes in the department with transfers in a single lot. No rule or law is more important than security, he said, clarifying that city Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan was eager to go anywhere after his promotion but Patil insisted on his current posting. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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