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Election Commission Suspends Telangana DGP Anjani Kumar: Report

According to ANI, the Election Commission of India has banned Anjani Kumar, director general of police Telangana, for violating the Model Code of Conduct and applicable conduct regulations during the Telangana assembly election 2023.

The Telangana DGP, along with Sanjay Jain, state police nodal officer, Telangana, and Mahesh Bhagwat, nodal (expenditure), presented a flower bouquet to Anumula Revanth Reddy, a Congress candidate in the ongoing assembly election in Hyderabad, according to ANI.

The DGP opting to meet a contesting candidate out of the total of 2,290 and the star campaigner of one political party out of 16 political parties in the fray was a clear indication of mala fide intention of seeking favour, sources told news agency PTI.

The Congress was set to oust the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) from power in Telangana, assembly poll results and trends showed.

The sources at the poll panel said the DGP is the head of the force of the state police sand is expected to lead the entire police services of the state by setting an example through his personal impartial conduct.

“Any misconduct on the part of the DGP Telangana not only sets a bad precedent, but it also sends the wrong signals to the field formations that are still conducting elections.” Needless to say, if subordinate police officers in field formations start following in their bosses’ footsteps by leaving their counting and security-related tasks to meet candidates, the repercussions might be calamitous of unthinkable dimensions,” EC sources stated.

Meanwhile, the EC has demanded an explanation from the other two officials, Sanjay Kumar Jain and Mahesh M Bhagwat, on the circumstances surrounding their meeting with Revanth Reddy.

“The next senior most eligible Police Officer of the State will be immediately given charge of Director General of Police Telangana,” the sources added.

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