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Will strip five IPS officers of medals: Centre

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: A new front has been opened in the Centre-versus-state fight, with the ministry of home affairs all set to take “punitive action” against five senior IPS officials posted in Bengal.

The home ministry has accused state director-general of police Virendra, further DG (security) Vineet Kumar Goyal, further DG (law and order) Anuj Sharma, Salt Lake commissioner of police Gyanwant Singh and Kolkata Police further commissioner Supratim Sarkar of “taking part in the dharna” convened by Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to protest against remaining Sunday’s CBI’s “particular operation” at city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s place of dwelling.

The home ministry transfer drew a direct reaction from the Bengal executive, with CM Banerjee strongly refuting the Centre’s charges. “These officials are tasked with (the state’s) security. They met me for 10 mins on Sunday night to brief me and left that night time itself. They by no means stepped on the dharna dais on Monday and Tuesday,” she said on Thursday, which was corroborated by others who were provide at the Esplanade web site from Sunday night time to Tuesday night (when Banerjee withdrew the agitation).

Central deputation of 5 IPS officials is also blocked

Central officers said the “action” against the five senior police officers may include stripping them of awards they received for meritorious carrier right through their career, barring them from seeking deputation at the centre for a undeniable period and putting off their names from the centre’s empanelled seniority list.

The MHA is predicted to take similar action against city police chief Kumar, against whom it has also sought disciplinary action.

Banerjee made light of the MHA “threats”. “I can give Bangabibhusan (the state’s perfect award) to those officials if the centre takes back their medals. I can send a kawra chithi (strongly worded letter) in the event that they send me one,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Bengal Global Business Summit on Thursday afternoon.

The home ministry is also believed to have requested the Bengal executive to take action against them for alleged violation of All-India Service Rules. In a clause-by-clause communique on Tuesday, the ministry said each member of the carrier shall always “take care of absolute integrity and devotion to responsibility and do not anything unbecoming of a member of the carrier”. The Bengal executive has denied receiving any such letter.

Officials here said on Thursday that the MHA action smacked of “political vendetta”. “This violates the principles of natural justice. The chief minister is also the state home minister and those officials report back to her. There is not any rule that spells out that a police officer will brief their superiors only at designated puts,” an reputable said.

“The CM also gets Z-plus security duvet. A pre-budget cabinet assembly was due at the Esplanade web site on Monday morning, which got here with its security and visitors implications. The state funds also has an important police part. And probably the most officials named on Thursday, incidentally, is tasked with CM’s security,” the reputable added.

State home secretary Atri Bhattacharya refused to comment on Thursday’s tendencies. The five officials, too, refused to talk. But their colleagues said they were at Esplanade in their reputable capacity.

Another reputable insisted not even one officer have been on the dais right through all of the tenure. “The pictures will display that no one was sitting beside the CM on the dais. These officials left the spot on Sunday once all of the house was sanitised and all anti-terror checks were carried out,” a senior home division reputable said. “They by no means stepped on the dharna dais even on Monday and Tuesday,” he added.

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