EC shifts George, Karan Singha becomes new CoP of Chennai

EC shifts George, Karan Singha becomes new CoP of Chennai

Ahead of the April 12 byelection to the R K Nagar assembly constituency, the Election Commission of India today ordered the transfer of Chennai city police commissioner S George.

Karan Singha has been appointed as the new city police chief. The bypoll to the prestigious R K Nagar constituency is scheduled for April 12. It was necessitated following the demise of then Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa last year.

George’s transfer comes in the wake of opposition party, the DMK urging the Election Commission to move George out from the post for the “smooth conduct of the poll”.

A delegation comprising MPs TKS Elangovan, RS Bharathi and Tiruchi Siva had filed a petition before the EC on March 17.

Alleging that George would act in favour of the ruling AIADMK in the byelection, the DMK petitioned the ECI seeking to transfer him to ensure a free and fair poll.