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Divya Spandana goes against party line criticizes minister for shunting out cop
news Anupama Shenoy. Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 15:17

Actress turned politician Divya Spandana on Sunday spoke against her own party man by openly criticizing PT Naik over the transfer of Deputy Superintendent of Police Anupama Shenoy.

This comes a week after Deputy Superintendent of Police Anupama Shenoy of Kudligi in Ballari district, was transferred out for cutting a phone call from Labour Minister P T Parameshwar Naik.

On Friday there were multiple protests from youth and womens’ groups demanding the minister's resignation and the protestors sought restoration of the transfer order.

“She shunned publicity and did her work with grassroot communities. That is the reason that many women’s organisations of Ballari have joined hands in protesting the unethical transfer,” an agitator told The New Indian Express.

Some reports suggest that the police officer was transferred out as she was closing in on some of the minister's relatives as suspects in a murder case. He has acknowledged that he had called her to discuss about the case.

Many Congress leaders and ministers have come out in support of Naik including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.  

Although, the minister publicly denied any involvement in the transfer saying it a routine process, Times Now aired a footage in which the minister is seen boasting about the incident to his party colleagues.

He is heard saying that that it was right to transfer the police officer as she made him wait on the call for some time.

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