Kolkata: The security advisor to the Government of West Bengal, Surajit Kar Purakayastha has been removed from his post, as directed by the Election Commission of India. Earlier, the IPS officer had served as the Director-General of Police of state.
The Election Commission also said that he will not be allowed to get involved in the poll process which is due in less than a week’s time in West Bengal.
It may be recalled that West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in December 2020 claimed to have received an “alarming report” that state security advisor (SSA) Surajit Kar Purakayastha is involved in “translating politically motivated police actions” and has usurped the authority of the director-general of police position.
“Such alleged usurpation of power sounds the death knell of democracy,” Dhankhar was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The ruling TMC refuted the charge and alleged that the governor is demeaning the state to serve his “political masters”.