Amid Rajeev Kumar and CBI row, five more IPS officers, belonging to West Bengal cadre, face strong action from Central Government.
The Centre has decided to strip them off their medals and debar them from being empanelled for central deputation, a senior government official said on Thursday.
The official said, “The Central Government has taken dim view of serving officers of uniformed forces taking part in sit-in (dharna). With respect to the officers who had participated in a dharna at Kolkata on February 4, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is reported to have asked the West Bengal government to take action as per All India Service (AIS) conduct rules.”
The West Bengal’s Chief Minister had sat on a dharna on February 4 at Metro Channel in Kolkata. The move had come after a CBI team had arrived at Kolkata’s Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence for interrogating him in the Sharada Chit fund scam.
The five IPS officers from Bengal cadre, who are under centre’s purview along with Rajeev Kumar, reportedly also sat on with Chief Minister. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) thinks this move violated AIS rules and those are defaulter should be treated as per said norms, claimed the official.
The official also told that in addition a number of measures are also being considered to be initiated against defaulting officers; the Centre may also remove names of the delinquent officers from the empanelled list and bar them for a certain period from serving in the Central government.
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The five officers, who participated in the sit-in are: Virendra, DGP (West Bengal), 1985 batch, Gyanbant Singh CP (Bidhan Nagar), 1993 batch, who was in uniform, Vineet Kumar Goyal, ADG (Director-Security), 1994 batch, ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma, 1991 batch, Supratim Sarkar, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP III), 1997 batch.