Maharashtra government has transferred Nashik police commissioner Deepak Pandey over his controversial tweet on azaan.
Pandey, who was facing backlash following his tweet on Azaan, had earlier announced that no one will be allowed to play bhajan or songs on loudspeaker within 15 minutes before and after the azaan call in a radius of 100 m of any mosque.
Pandey will be replaced by DGP Jayant Naikhnavare as the police commissioner of Nashik.
This also comes after Pandey earned the government’s censure for writing to Maharashtra DGP Rajnish Sheth, allegedly terming revenue officials and executive magistrate as RDX and detonators. He had claimed that land mafias were involved with a section of revenue department officials.
The officer had also issued a directive to religious places in Nashik, instructing them to take permission for usage of loudspeakers by May 3, failing which, legal action will be taken against those violating the rule, including being externed or detained by police.
The directions were issued days after MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand that the loudspeakers in mosques should be removed by May 3 otherwise Hanuman Chalisa will be played on loudspeaker in front of them.
In March, Pandey had written a letter to the DGP seeking transfer out of Nashik. In a separate letter to the police chief, the IPS officer had sought curtailment in powers of district revenue officers and also suggested certain administrative changes.
Overall, the government has promoted 14 officials as special police inspector general and transferred many of them elsewhere. Among 14, 11 were promoted as deputy inspector general and transferred from their current place of posting.