New Delhi, February 7: In trouble for five more IPS officers from West Bengal cadre, the Centre has decided to strip them of their medals and debar them from being empanelled for Central deputation, a senior government official said on Thursday.
The officers had participated in a sit-in with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 4. Ms. Banerjee had sat on a dharna after a team of CBI officials had arrived at the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to question him in the Saradha chit fund case.
“Central government has taken a dim view of serving officers of uniformed forces taking part in sit-ins, dharnas etc. With respect to the officers who had participated in a dharna in Kolkata on February 4, the Ministry of Home Affairs [MHA] is reported to have asked the West Bengal govt. to take action as per All India Service [AIS] conduct rules,” the official said.
The five officers, apart from Mr. Kumar who particpated in the sit-in are Virendra (1985 batch), DGP W.B; ADG Director-Security Vineet Kumar Goel (1994 batch); ADG Law and Order Anuj Sharma (1991 batch); Commissioner of Police (Bidhannagar) Gyanwant Singh (1993), who was in uniform; and Additional Commissioner of Police Supratim Sarkar (1997).
“In addition, a number of measures are also being considered to be initiated against defaulting officers, such as withdrawing medals or decorations which were conferred on them, like meritorious service etc. 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,” the official said.
The Centre is contemplating on issuing an advisory to all the States to ensure that officers of uniformed forces adhere to the AIS conduct rules and maintain decorum. (Courtesy; The Hindu)