CM Fadnavis Slams Sardesai, Defends Police Chief Maria’s Transfer

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Devendra Fadnavis and Rajdeep Sardesai
Devendra Fadnavis and Rajdeep Sardesai

Slamming the senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for linking Sheena Bora murder case with Rakesh Maria’s transfer, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has publicly defended the transfer of the former Mumbai Police chief, saying he didn’t see anything wrong in appointing a new person before the festive season started, instead of shifting him midway.

In an open letter written and published in Hindustan Times, Fadnavis said, “If the government thought that instead of changing a police commissioner in the midst of festivities it was better to put a new person in place before the festive season started, what’s so wrong about it?”

For linking Sheena Bora murder case with the transfer, he wrote, “In the case of Rakesh Maria, you (Rajdeep) seem to be confused. Your post-script says the Sheena Bora murder case should not have assumed the kind of importance it was accorded by the media. Then why did you choose to write on it, linking it with the transfer of the city police chief?”

“A police chief is not an investigating officer but just a supervisory authority. I would like to tell you that the practice of promoting senior people, a few days in advance, is not new. Such decisions are taken keeping in mind the objective to let the new one who is going to take over understand the prevailing situation. The months of September and October are full of festivals, including the Ganesh Festival, Eid celebrations and Navratri,” Fadnavis wrote in response to an open letter written to him by senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

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