Kolkata: The Ministry of Home Affairs posted West Bengal’s three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on central deputation for five years on Thursday.
The ministry, via a letter issued on Thursday, said that south Bengal Inspector General (IG) Rajeev Mishra has been posted as the IG of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Deputy Inspector General (Presidency Range) Praveen Tripathi as DIG Sashastra Seema Bal and Diamond Harbour Superintendent of Police Bholanath Pandey as SP of Bureau of Police Research and Development, reported news agency IANS.
The order from the ministry said that the West Bengal government and the Director-General of Police had failed to adhere to the rules. It also quoted Section 6(1) of the All India Service officers’ rule that says “in case of any disagreement, the Central government’s decision shall prevail”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit back at Centre’s decision and dubbed it as “unconstitutional”.
“Government of India’s (GoI) order of central deputation for the three serving IPS officers of West Bengal despite the state’s objection is a colourable exercise of power and blatant misuse of the emergency provision of the IPS Cadre Rule 1954. This act is nothing but a deliberate attempt to encroach upon the state’s jurisdiction and demoralise the serving officers in West Bengal,” Mamata tweeted.
Mamata said the decision, particularly before the state elections due next year, contradicts the basic tenets of the federal structure. It’s “unconstitutional and completely unacceptable,” she said.
“We wouldn’t allow this brazen attempt by the Centre to control the state machinery by proxy! West Bengal is not going to cow-down in front of expansionist and undemocratic forces,” Mamata pointed out.