The Palakkad collector, whose orders were defied by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat by hoisting the national flag at an aided school, has been transferred with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today maintaining that it was a routine exercise.
The collector's orders were apparently based on the guidelines which, among other things, stipulates that only the school principal or elected representatives could hoist the national flag in the school.
Bhagwat had, however, gone ahead with hoisting the flag at the government aided school in Palakkad district on Independence day, triggering a controversy.
Replying to a submission in this regard in the state assembly, Vijayan termed it as a routine transfer.
In a minor reshuffle of IAS officers, the Kerala government yesterday shuffled five district collectors.
Vijayan said the decision to transfer the collectors, including P Marykutty, Palakkad Collector, had been taken early this week itself.
But it had been kept on hold as the Independence Day celebrations were round the corner, he said.
Taking up the issue, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala sought to know if the Palakkad collector was transferred for giving a report on the matter.
He sought a clarification from the chief minister on the issue.
Vijayan said the chief secretary and general education director had issued two separate guidelines with regard to the procedures to be followed during Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony.