It’s only been 5 months since Annamalai was posted in the role in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru DCP South Annamalai not transferred Typing error say officials
news Administration Friday, February 22, 2019 - 17:17

A surprise name in the list of IPS officers transferred by the state government on Wednesday was that of Bengaluru DCP (South) Annamalai K, just five months after he was posted in the role. 

He was set to be replaced by Isha Pant, who was serving as SP and Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Bengaluru. However, the transfer was immediately revoked and it was confirmed that Annamalai would stay on as Bengaluru (South) DCP. "Initially, I was confused about the transfer but I got a call early in the morning informing that my name has appeared due to a typing error. I will be continuing as DCP of Bengaluru (South)," Annamalai K confirmed to TNM. 

The same reason was confirmed by sources in the chief minister's Office (CMO) but that has not stopped questions being raised about the transfer particularly since it emerged that Annamalai's supposed replacement Isha Pant was posted to the role of DCP, Bengaluru (East) and then asked to report to Chief Office (DG&IG of Police office) on Nrupathunga Road, until further orders.

This is the third time Annamalai has received news of his transfer in the last year. In May 2018, Annamalai was given his transfer orders from his post of SP of Chikkamagaluru to SP of Ramanagara district within hours of BS Yeddyurappa taking charge as Karnataka chief minister. It never materialised since the SP did not receive his transfer certificate after Yeddyurappa failed to win the trust vote and relinquished his post. 

He was later transferred out of Chikkamagaluru SP to the post of DCP, Bengaluru (South) in October of the same year by the JD(S)-Congress coalition government. 

His transfer to Bengaluru capped a remarkable rise through the police force in Karnataka after beginning his career in 2011 in Karkala in Udupi district. He has previously served as SP of Udupi and earned a reputation for cracking down on criminal activities in the coastal district. 

The reshuffle of IAS and IPS officials in the state comes just months before the Lok Sabha elections. In all, 31 IPS officials and 13 IAS officials were transferred including Bengaluru (North) DCP Chetan Singh Rathore, Mangaluru Police Commissioner TR Suresh, Deputy Commissioners of Vijayapura, Davangere, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru.