Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Anil Singhal, now Collector of East Godavari district, has been posted as Collector, Visakhapatnam district, replacing Praveen Prakash. Orders replacing the Collector were issued here on Friday night following the selection of Mr. Singhal by the Election Commission from among the panel of three IAS officers proposed by the State Government.

This is the first time in the recent times that a district Collector has been shifted amidst controversy surrounding a byelection.

The question of filling the vacancy in East Godavari and the new posting for Mr. Prakash will be decided after Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy returns here from Pulivendla. For the time being the Joint Collector of East Godavari has been asked to serve as Collector.

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