Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday called on Governor C Rangarajan, apparently, to discuss the Centre's recent directive to the Tamil Nadu government on the three IPS officers involved in the arrests of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham chief M Karunanidhi and Union ministers Murasoli Maran and T R Baalu.
The Centre has sought the services of the three IPS officers and also that of Director General of Police R Rajagopalan, who has been appointed chief of the National Security Guard (NSG).
So far, the state government has refused to release these officers.
The governor's meeting with the chief minister followed the one with the state chief secretary for close to a hour on Monday evening and
Director General of Police A Raveendranath on Tuesday morning.
The very fact that he deemed it fit to summon the chief minister for further clarifications indicates that the governor was not satisfied with the 'administrative explanation' offered by the chief secretary and the DGP, and by the earlier report submitted by controversial Madras Police Commissioner K Muthukaruppan, who is among those whose transfer has been sought.
However, indications are that the Jayalalithaa government would now do an about-turn and relieve the four officials.
"We have made our point. It is not advisable to clash with the Centre on this issue," a senior AIADMK leader said. "Besides, it would also disarm the DMK, which has been stalling Parliament for two days now," he added.
With the state assembly set to meet on Thursday for the budget session, a climb down would work to the state government's advantage.
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