Union Residence Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla might have a video convention with West Bengal’s Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and Director Basic of Police Virendra on Friday night after they conveyed their lack of ability to journey to the nationwide capital, officers mentioned.
On Thursday, the Residence Ministry despatched a recent letter to the state’s two prime officers asking them to return to New Delhi for a gathering with the house secretary at 5 pm on Friday. Nonetheless, they conveyed they weren’t able to journey to the capital within the current circumstances and supplied to attend the assembly by video convention.
The Residence Ministry is deliberating on the provide and the video convention might happen this night, an official mentioned.
If the assembly does happen, the 2 officers could also be requested to elucidate the regulation and order state of affairs in West Bengal in addition to the steps taken to forestall political violence and different crimes within the state, one other official mentioned.
The chief secretary and the DGP wereácalled by the Residence Ministry on December 14 after receiving a report on December 11 from West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on the regulation and order state of affairs within the state.
Dhankhar was requested to submit a report after BJP president J P Nadda’s convoy was attacked with stones and bricks in Diamond Harbour on December 10 throughout his two-day go to to the state.
The Centre and the West Bengal authorities have been at loggerheads for the reason that assault in that passed off within the Lok Sabha constituency of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
After the assault, the Residence Ministry summoned three IPS officers — Bholanath Pandey (SP, Diamond Harbour), Praveen Tripathi (DIG, Presidency Vary) andáRajeev Mishra (ADG, South Bengal) û for deputations on the Centre. The three wereáresponsible for Nadda’s safety. Nonetheless, the state authorities refused to alleviate them citing scarcity of senior cops.
On Thursday, the Residence Ministry sentáa recent missive to the West Bengal authorities asking it to instantly relieve the three IPS officers, saying they’d already been given new assignments.
The ministry mentioned Pandey has been appointed superintendent of police (SP) within the Bureau of Police Analysis and Improvement, Tripathi deputy inspector normal (DIG) within the Sashastra Seema Bal and Mishra inspector normal (IG) within the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
“This transfer, significantly earlier than the elections is in opposition to the fundamental tenets of the federal construction. It is unconstitutional & utterly unacceptable!” the chief minister mentioned in her response.
“GoI’s (Authorities of India) order of central deputation for the three serving IPS officers of West Bengal regardless of the State’s objection is a colourable train of energy and blatant misuse of emergency provision of IPS Cadre Rule 1954,” Banerjee had tweeted.
The state authorities’s consent is taken earlier than any all India service officer known as to serve in Central deputation.
Nonetheless, on this case, the MHA has unilaterally taken the choice, bypassing the state authorities, beneath a clause of the Indian Police Service (Cadre) Guidelines, 1954.
The principles say that in case of any disagreement between the central and state governments, the state governments involved shall give impact to the choice of the central authorities.