IAS officer Rohini Sindhuri has been transferred from her position as Hassan Deputy Commissioner with immediate effect. She has been posted as the Secretary of the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board in Bengaluru.
IAS officer Akram Pasha has taken charge as Hassan Deputy Commissioner replacing the outgoing Rohini. He was previously the Director at the Directorate of Minorities in Bengaluru.
Dr MV Venkatesh has been transferred from his position as Deputy Commissioner of Haveri district and will now take charge as Director of Horticulture and Director of National Horticulture Mission in Bengaluru. He is filling a previously vacant position.
The transfer comes just days after a major reshuffle of government officials in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. In all, 31 IPS officials and 13 IAS officials were transferred on Wednesday including the Deputy Commissioners of Vijayapura, Davangere, Uttara Kannada and Chikkamagaluru. Rohini’s name had not figured in that list but she was given her transfer orders on Friday.
Rohini, a 2009-batch, Karnataka-cadre IAS officer had earlier successfully contested her transfer order in June 2018 in the Karnataka High Court. This after the Siddaramaiah government had transferred her amid a run-in with the local ruling Congress leadership particularly A Manju, who was then a minister.
In March 2018, she had locked down Manju’s office in the PWD Inspection Bungalow and issued notices to the minister and the PWD Department for using government space for election work which is against the Model Code of Conduct.
Rohini was first shunted out in January when she was overseeing preparations for the Mahamastakabhisheka at Shravanabelegola, and had contested her transfer little more than six months of her posting at the Karnataka High Court and later at the CAT. However, the transfer order was withdrawn in March after the Election Commission had stalled it.