Aslam Khan IPS Transfer Imbroglio:
How Did They Goof Up?
The only sensible thing that the Administration should do at this juncture is to come out with the non-existent allegations against the Officer or render an apology for the goof-ups and re-instate her back as the SP, Anti-Corruption Unit.
By Zubair Ahmed
The Administration, it appears to be in no mood to accept the fact that they goofed up in this issue big time. To make things worse and murkier, the goof up continues. It would be sensible and advisable that instead of finding a motive behind the articles, they should be undoing the wrong committed to the officer, and put an end to the 'loose talk' emanating from high places.
Undoubtedly, the recent transfer of Mrs Aslam Khan SP, Anti-Corruption Unit as Principal of Police Training School was a miscalculated step by the Administration, which appears to have backfired. It was projected as a routine Administrative step. However, when the news of her transfer and the tads of allegations leveled against her appeared in the social media, the Lieutenant Governor tried to play it down saying that it was sensitive issue and the media should not indulge in 'loose talk' and comment without verifying full facts. Unfortunately, there are no facts either.
The first goof-up was the transfer of an honest officer, with a motive to keep her away and protect a few corrupt elements. When media tried to bring it to the notice of the Administrator, he tried to set in the media in harsh words, and then started a series of lies.
When the Administrator was contacted, he reiterated that there are many allegations against her, which cannot be revealed or shared. A sense of mild guilt too was pervading, or why he had to stress and say that the officer was commended for her good work. An officer, against whom, many allegations are pending does not deserve any commendation. This was the first instance of cover-up. However, the media did not buy that and went ahead and published the story revealing all the facets.
For the next 48 hours, there has been a deafening lull from the side of Administration. However, its not all silent. Vibes from the Police Headquarters confirm that there are no allegations as of now against the said officer. But, a senior police officer is learnt to have been engaged in a series of Goebbelsian propaganda against the officer as well as the media.
Rather than addressing the issue, or coming out with a clarification, they found it convenient to float rumours of gargantuan proportions. As widely quoted, when all arguments fail, religion is the only argument left. Playing favourite mind games, the senior police officer is learnt to bring a communal angle to the issue. They seriously believe that the communal angle might divert the attention from the issue.
Moreover, another rhetoric that is gradually cropping up is that some vested interests are instigating the media, which is another allegation, which they won't be able to substantiate ever.
Initially it was unfound allegations against Mrs Aslam Khan, and now one upon another they are trying to build as many lies as possible. Only regret is that they will utterly fail in establishing any one of them.
Some elements close to the Chief Secretary Anand Prakash did send feelers that the Chief Secretary is interested to meet, but it would be prudent on the side of media to communicate through the paper instead of a personal meeting. The only sensible thing that the Administration should do at this juncture is to come out with the non-existent allegations against the Officer or render an apology for the goof-ups and re-instate her back as the SP, Anti-Corruption Unit.
Its high time, the Administration refrains from venturing into rumuor mongering and initiate an enquiry. Or all the bluff they are interested in propagating might not help them in diverting the media or the Islanders from the core issue.