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Centre Plans To Strip Medals Off IPS Officers Who Took Part In Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Dharna’

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| February 7 , 2019 , 18:00 IST

As per reports, the center has planned to strip medals that have been conferred upon the IPS officers who participated in the three-day-long ‘dharna’ with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, which she ended on Tuesday.

The Union government also decided to bar the said officers from central deputation, sources said. 

The officers under the radar are:

  • Virendra ('85 cadre), DGP W.B
  • Vineet Kumar Goel ('94 cadre) ADG, Director, Security
  • Anuj Sharma ('91 cadre) ADG L&O
  • Gyanwant Singh ('93 cadre), CP, Bidhannagar
  • Supratim Sarkar ('97 cadre) CP

The Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly asked the West Bengal government to take action against such officers as the uniformed officers were present in the dharna organized by a political party.

The Home Ministry's letter to the state government was reportedly sent after West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi submitted his report to the Centre on the standoff between Mamata Banerjee government and the CBI.

Mamata Banerjee went on the dharna after a CBI team that had come to question Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar in relation to the Saradha chit fund scam had been obstructed and then detained by the Kolkata police. Dharna lasted for 2 days. It was at that point that a number of Kolkata and WB Police officials joined in with her in the Dharna.

According to media reports, The Centre's directive to the state government to pull up the "delinquent" officers is likely to escalate the tension between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government as the order is likely to impact most of the top-ranking officers of the state police.

Previously, the Rajnath Singh-led Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier ordered the West Bengal government to take action against Kolkata Commissioner of Police, Rajeev Kumar, for violating the All India Service (Conduct) Rules by sitting on a 'dharna' organized by CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

In this matter, Supreme Court ordered that CBI not to take coercive action against Kumar and also asked the Kolkata Commissioner of Police to appear before the CBI and cooperate in its probe.

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