Karnataka IPS officer takes charge, retires in 30 minutes
A recently retired IPS officer in Karnataka made a record of sorts by retiring within 30 minutes of taking charge as Director General of Police. H N Satyanarayana Rao who retired in the midst of a controversy around irregularities in the prisons department checked into his new office only for 30 minutes on the last day of his service.
The former DG prisons of Karnataka was accused by his subordinate officer, Roopa D of allowing special privileges to select prisoners including Abdul Karin Telgi and Sasikala Natarajan in the Bengaluru central jail. The Karnataka government that had transferred him without posting, appointed him as DG fire services on the last day of his service.
Rao, who was on forced leave, took charge at 7.15 PM on July 31 and signed the register but walked out of the office of Director General of Police and Commandant General, Home Guards, Ex Officio Director Fire Force within 30 minutes.
Within the 30 minutes that he was DG Fire services, Rao signed a few order copies. In the farce of an 'honourable exit', no senior officials were present to bid adieu to the officer. As he prepared to walk out of the office, he passed on the baton to another officer, Neelamani N Raju, who had been given the additional charge of the posting.
Rao retired even as the Karnataka government has ordered an inquiry into allegations made by Roopa D in her report over the state of prisons in Karnataka. Rao has even decided to take the legal route to sue Roopa for 'defaming him' and has sought an apology.