The Union Residence Ministry has served a show-cause discover to former chief secretary of West Bengal Alapan Bandyopadhyay below a stringent provision of the Catastrophe Administration Act that entails imprisonment as much as two years, amid a tug-of-war between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee authorities over him.
A house ministry official stated that hours earlier than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee introduced his retirement on Monday, Bandyopadhyay was served the discover for refusing to adjust to lawful path of the central authorities in violation of Part 51-B of the Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005.
The officer has been requested to answer inside three days to the discover, the official stated.
Bandyopadhyay, who was on account of retire on Might 31, was given an extension of three months and days later requested to report on the Centre. Nonetheless, Banerjee introduced his retirement on Monday and appointed him as chief advisor to the state authorities.
In keeping with Part 51 (b), whosoever refuses to adjust to any path given by or on behalf of the central authorities or the state authorities or the Nationwide Govt Committee or the State Govt Committee or the District Authority below this Act, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a time period which can prolong to 1 12 months or with wonderful, or with each.
“And if such obstruction or refusal to adjust to instructions leads to lack of lives or imminent hazard thereof, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a time period which can prolong to 2 years,” the Act says.
The retired IAS officer has been requested to elucidate in writing to the house ministry inside three days why motion must be taken towards him below the provisions of the Act.
Earlier, the Division of Personnel and Coaching (DoPT) had requested him to report back to the central authorities in Delhi by Monday.
The Centre’s motion had come after Bandyopadhyay, together with the chief minister, didn’t keep for a gathering held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Cyclone Yaas’ affect.
Nonetheless, he didn’t come to the capital and selected to retire, as a substitute of accepting a three-month extension sanctioned to him by the state and central authorities.
Chief Minister Banerjee had alleged that the officer was focused by the central authorities on account of a “political vendetta”.
The Union Residence Secretary is the chairman of the nationwide govt committee below the DM Act which is at present in pressure because of the COVID pandemic.
The COVID-19 lockdown measures have been applied below the Catastrophe Administration Act.