Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Wednesday that Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a closed chapter now. She however stressed that her administration will back the former chief secretary of the state on the row over his not joining the central deputation.
“Alapan Bandyopadhyay chapter is over now. The West Bengal government will give full support to Alapan Bandyopadhyay in whatever is going around with him,” Banerjee said when asked about her government’s stance on the controversy.
Bandopadhyay was scheduled to superannuate on May 31, but the state had of late sought and received permission for an extension of his tenure by three months.
The IAS, however, handed over a transfer directive by the Centre, soon after a row broke out over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s post-cyclone review meeting. The CM and the chief secretary skipped the meeting.
Instead of reporting to Delhi, the top bureaucrat chose to retire amid the Centre-state tussle. He subsequently got the appointment as CM’s chief adviser.
Bandyopadhyay was served a show-cause notice by the Union home ministry under a stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment up to two years.