The Karnataka state government on 11 June 2013 amended the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, to restore final powers over police transfers with the government. Earlier, it was vested with the Police Establishment Board (PEB). As per the latest amendment, the government will nominate members to the PEB. Earlier, three officers not below ADGP rank would automatically qualify to be on the PEB alongside the state police chief.
The amendment takes away the PEB's powers to recommend transfers above Additional SP and gives power to government to modify the PEB decision. It prescribes a minimum tenure of a year only for officers in operational duties. However, it does not apply to officers heading police stations or divisions.
PEB was set up following an SC order to reduce political interference. In the last six months, the police department was facing controversies with officers competing for top posts. Many officers approached courts against transfers by the PEB.
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