The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday, February 7, has asked the West Bengal government to take disciplinary action as per The All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, against the five IPS officers who joined dharna with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. CM Mamata sat on dharna to protest against the CBI officials who approached Kolkata to raid Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar’s residence.
According to the sources, the government is also contemplating withdrawing medals conferred on officers for meritorious services. It may also remove names of the delinquent officers from the empanelled list or bar them for a certain period from serving in the Central government.
The officers who were present at dharna were identified as- West Bengal Director General Of Police Virendra, Additional Director General of Police Vineet Kumar Goyal, Additional general of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma, Commissioner of Police (Bidhanagar Commissionerate) Gyanwant Singh, and Additional Commissioner of Police (Kolkata) Supratim Darkaar.
According to MHA, the police officers took a political stand by joining the protest, who were supposed to remain neutral. An advisory to all states to ensure that officers of uniformed forces adhere to the conduct rules and maintain decorum may also be issued.
On February 4, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched an on-stage dharna against the CBI sleuths who on February 3, reached Kolkata to raid Rajeev Kumar’s residence in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams. But on reaching Kumar’s residence, CBI officers were detained by Kolkata police. This escalated a war between the Centre and Mamata Banerjee.
The case also reached to the Supreme Court where the court directed Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar, to co-operate with the investigation and make himself available for before the investigative agency in Shillong, Meghalaya. However, the court also ordered that “no coercive steps, including arrest, shall be taken against the Commissioner of Police.”