Guwahati, February 10. 2018: The Assam Home department on Friday issued a notification saying N. Rajamarthandan an IPS officer has been reinstated and restored as commandant of the 21st Assam Police Battalion at Katlicherra in Hailakandi district, some 330 km south of Guwahati.
The IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, who was suspended last year for allegedly revealing crucial information on an investigation in a reply to an RTI query is now back to power.
The reinstatement is “without prejudice to departmental proceedings pending against” Mr. Rajamarthandan after he was placed under suspension, the notification by Home and Political department’s additional secretary Deepak Majumdar said.
Rights organisations in the Northeast have hailed the IPS officer’s reinstatement. “His crime was that he gave information under RTI Act as public information officer in the Assam Police. We salute this officer and hope and pray there are more like him,” social activist Agnes Kharshiing told The Hindu from Meghalaya capital Shillong.
Mr Rajamarthandan was the supervisory officer of the Special Investigation Team entrusted with probing an alleged attack on the office of All Assam Students’ Union in north-eastern Assam’s Silapathar by an organisation seeking citizenship for ‘persecuted’ Hindu Bengalis from Bangladesh.
The incident took place in March last year.
He was arrested three months later for allegedly providing “classified” information relating to the investigation to an RTI applicant. A miffed Indian Police Service (Central) Association sought an independent probe into the events leading to his arrest.
On June 22, the Supreme Court granted Mr Rajamarthandan bail, as the prosecution had failed to file a charge-sheet against him within the stipulated 60 days.
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Source: TNT News with inputs from The Hindu