3 IPS officers responsible for Nadda’s security in Bengal posted on central deputation

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit back, tweeting that it is unconstitutional, a brazen attempt by the Centre to control the state machinery by proxy and that the state will not bow down
BJP national president JP Nadda.(File photo)
BJP national president JP Nadda.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

The Union ministry of home affairs on Thursday posted three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from West Bengal, responsible for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda’s security, on central deputation for five years.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit back, tweeting that it is unconstitutional and a brazen attempt by the Centre to control the state machinery by proxy. She said the state will not bow down.

In a fresh letter issued on Thursday, the home ministry said the West Bengal government and Director General of Police have failed to adhere to the rules. The ministry quoted section 6 (1) of the All India Service officers rule, which says that “in case of any disagreement, the Centre government’s decision shall prevail”.

The ministry said, therefore, three IPS officers have been posted at Centre with immediate effect. The ministry said South Bengal inspector general (IG) Rajeev Mishra has been posted as IG of Indo-Tibetan Border Police; Presidency Range deputy inspector general (DIG) Praveen Tripathi as DIG, Sashastra Seema Bal; and superintendent of police (SP) of Diamond Harbour, Bholanath Pandey, as SP of Bureau of Police Research and Development.

A senior ministry official said the West Bengal government should immediately relieve them and the three officers should report at their respective postings immediately or they may face further action.

On December 10, Nadda’s convoy was attacked in South 24 Parganas -- a TMC stronghold. Nadda was on his way to attend a BJP programme at Diamond Harbour, which is the constituency of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee. Banerjee is also the nephew of the chief minister.

Soon after the incident, the home ministry had recalled the three IPS officers from West Bengal. The Trinamool Congress administration, however, refused to release them. The Centre found the letter, sent by the state on December 11, as unsatisfactory.

“GoI’s order of central deputation for the 3 serving IPS officers of West Bengal despite the State’s objection is a colourable exercise of power and blatant misuse of emergency provision of of IPS Cadre Rule 1954,” Banerjee tweeted on Thursday.

“This act is nothing but a deliberate attempt to encroach upon State’s jurisdiction & demoralize the serving officers in WB. This move, particularly before the elections are against the basic tenets of the federal structure. It’s unconstitutional & completely unacceptable,” she added.

“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 & undemocratic forces,” she tweeted.

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