The Election Commission of India has prevented state police chief SS Virk from handling the police force during the state Assembly elections.
In a letter to the state government, the Election Commission has stated that Director General (Anti- Corruption Bureau) AN Roy has been selected to handle the charge as police chief during the election.
Roy took charge of election duty on Friday.
This is the second time that the state police chief has been asked to stay away from election duties — something which is seen as an embarrassment for the government in political circles.
The state government got the EC’s letter on Thursday.
The EC ruling came in response to the state government’s letter in which it had sought the EC’s directions on whether Virk should be heading the police force during the elections.
The government had sought the opinion of the EC as the Commission had prevented him from handing election duties during Lok Sabha elections. This was because Virk had been accused of favouring the Congress during his tenure as Punjab police chief.
The IPS officer became the state director general of police in March after the Bombay High Court asked the state government to remove AN Roy, who had been appointed bypassing several officers.