The Madras high court today quashed the government order transferring all the pending and future idol theft cases to the CBI from the idol wing CID and appointed inspector general of police Pon Manickavel, who is retiring today, as special officer for a period of one year to continue the investigation.
Earlier in the day, after giving a statement to the media that he was pleased and satisfied with his service Pon Manickavel said, “I did not have any problem with the government.”
He added: “I had issues only with some police officers. I am sure young officers will do a good job. All are equal before law.”
Also, a government release said that Abhay Kumar Singh who is currently serving as Additional Director of Police, Chief Vigilance Officer of Tamilnadu News Print and Papers Limited, Karur is transferred and posted as Additional Director General of Police, Idol Wing, CID.
However, a special division bench of Justice R Mahadevan and Justice P D Audikeasavlu passed the order ending the speculations over the fate of idol wing and its chief Pon Manickavel.
A 1992-batch IPS officer, Abhay Kumar Singh is a native of Bihar and has served in various capacities in Tamil Nadu police. He has previously held the posts of the IG of South Zone, Additional Commissioner of Police in Chennai City, Commissioner of Police in Tirunelveli city, Deputy IG in Ramanathapuram and Superintendent of Police of Madurai.
Pon Manickavel superannuated on Friday after 6 years of service in the Idol Wing. A 1989-batch police officer, he was known for having busted international idol smuggling rackets and conducting raids on high profile people.