2nd MHA missive to Bengal Authorities: Relieve three IPS officers forthwith

New Delhi, December 17

The Centre today again wrote to the West Bengal Government asking it to immediately relieve the three IPS officers, who have been shifted to New Delhi on central deputation.

In a letter to the West Bengal Chief Secretary, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has referred to the IPS cadre rules stating that the Centre’s directives prevail over that of the state government in case of any dispute and also asked the officers concerned to report at the earliest.

Preparations on for poll in 5 states

  • The Election Commission of India has begun preparations for the Assembly elections to be held in five states in April-May next year
  • An EC team has already visited West Bengal, while another team is set to visit Tamil Nadu in the next few days
  • Other states wherethe Assembly elections will be held are Assam, Kerala and Puducherry

The officers, who have been asked to report at their newly assigned offices by December 10, are Bholanath Pandey, SP (Diamond Harbour); Praveen Tripathi, DIG (Presidency Range); and Rajeev Mishra, ADG (South Bengal). These officers have been called to serve on central deputation in view of the lapses that allegedly led to an attack on BJP president JP Nadda’s convoy on December 10. — TNS

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