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MHA seeks action against police chief Rajeev Kumar

KOLKATA: The Kolkata Police-CBI tussle refuses to die down with the ministry of house affairs on Tuesday asking the Bengal chief secretary, Malay De, to initiate disciplinary complaints towards city pol-ice chief Rajeev Kumar for attending CM Mamata Banerjee’s dharna on Sunday.

The directive from the MHA, which is the cadre-controlling authority of IPS officers, comes an afternoon after Jitendra Singh, Union minister for team of workers, indicated that Kumar will have violated service regulations by means of attending the dharna.

Banerjee, on the other hand, has shot again saying Kumar had simplest come to fulfill her and it wasn’t a political protest but executed in her capability as the state’s administrative head to save the Constitution.

“Rajeev Kumar never joined the dharna. He came to peer me whilst I used to be on satyagraha. It was now not a political programme. He came to do his responsibility as a result of I used to be having a cupboard assembly near the dharna manch,” she said.

The Kolkata police commissioner stories to the state house secretary and the CM at once, in contrast to other states the place commissioners report back to the state DGP.

The MHA’s missive to the state chief secretary says Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, “sat on a dharna together with some law enforcement officials with the executive minister, West Bengal at the Metro Channel in Kolkata, which is prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968 and AIS (Discipline & Appear) Rules, 1969”. “In view of the above, the West Bengal executive has been asked by means of MHA to initiate motion towards the officer and intimate the motion taken on this regard,” the MHA missive added.

The catch in these regulations is that these don't follow when a “observation made or views expressed by means of a member of the service is in his authentic capability and within the due efficiency of the duties assigned to him.” It is not with out reason why then that the executive minister reacted sharply to it.

The CM went on to elucidate that the police commissioner was doing his responsibility as in keeping with protocol. “Police officers accompany CM, governor even during election campaigns. I fail to understand why they are after Rajeev Kumar. What is that this other than political vendetta?” Mamata said, indicating she had a word with the executive secretary on this regard.

Police resources said the commissioner had positive security and site visitors related discussions with the CM necessitating discussions, resources said. “The occasions leading as much as the CM’s protest in Esplanade may just simply have snowballed right into a regulation and order factor except steps were taken. For this a discussion was essential,” the resources said.

The MHA’s conversation highlighted amongst other regulations that a service member shall now not be a “member of, or be differently associated with, any political celebration or any organisation which takes section in politics, nor shall he take part in, or subscribe in support of…any political motion or political celebration”.

It additionally emphasized that no member of the service “shall, in any radio broadcast or conversation over any public media or in any record published…make any observation of reality or opinion which has the impact of an adversarial grievance of any current or recent coverage or motion of the central executive or a state executive”, which is able to embarrassing the relations between the central executive and any state executive.

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