The Commandant of Anti Naxal Force Alok Kumar on Wednesday took charge as the Bangalore City Additional Commissioner (Law and Order) after the Central Appellate Tribunal (CAT) dismissed the appeal filed by T. Suneel Kumar.

Mr. Suneel Kumar, who was the Additional Commissioner (L&O), had approached the tribunal against his transfer as the Commandant of Anti Naxal Force (ANF).

Mr. Suneel Kumar, who was the Additional Commissioner for two years and six months, was relived from his post on Wednesday. He had appealed against the transfer order stating it violates section 20(B) of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2012. According to the Act, the government is required to take recommendations from the Police Establishment Board.

The CAT order on Wednesday, however, also states that it may not be possible for the tribunal to wait for recommendations of the Police Establishment Board pertaining to orders of transfers, assignments and postings that involve matters of law and order or internal security in certain contingencies. However, it is required to record the reasons for such transfers, it said, adding that government has to strictly follow procedure in future.

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