HYDERABAD: Yet another controversy arose on Tuesday involving Director General of Police S. S. P. Yadav, this time about his departure on a four-day trip to Singapore, to attend an international conference on homeland security.
Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao later in the day said he had informed the Election Commission about Mr. Yadav’s foreign visit.
He, however, clarified that the Commission’s permission was required for a senior official like the DGP to undertake a trip abroad only after the formal election notification was issued on March 23.
Eyebrows were raised about the non-availability of the top officer for four days when his presence was required in the State to activate the police force for providing security for the elections.
When this issue was raised at a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Subba Rao, however, said he had merely kept the EC posted with the information about the tour.
On the earlier controversy involving the DGP for allegedly violating the model election code by praising Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a police officers’ meeting in Kurnool, the CEO said the Election Commission had not taken any decision so far on the complaint against Mr. Yadav.