A day after he was removed from his post for the arrest of District Magistrate of Malda G. Kiran Kumar, the Commissioner, Siliguri Police Commissionerate, K. Jayaraman said in Siliguri on Sunday that what he had done was right. “What I feel is whatever I have done I have done in the interest of public service. So I feel I have done [the] right [thing],” he said. Mr. Kiran Kumar, who was arrested on Saturday and remanded in police custody for four days in connection with an alleged financial scam in the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) when he was chief executive officer there, was granted bail by a local court during the day.
Mr. Jayaraman, put on compulsory wait, ruled out any possibility of seeking transfer to any other State. Pointing out that he is an IPS office of the West Bengal cadre IPS officer, he told reporters after his farewell ceremony, “I have come back after my deputation, I am from Bengal cadre. Why should I go? I will be here in this cadre.” As for the investigations into the alleged scam involving the SJDA and Mr. Kiran Kumar’s arrest, he said: “The probe is being conducted by the investigating officers. They will definitely conduct it the way it should be done. There is no reason for having any apprehension in this regard.”
Asked about his transfer, he said: “We [IPS officers] are transferred routinely. But this transfer has taken place due to some specific issue. I have already handed over charge… I have no regrets… If there is anything remaining [in regard to his action leading to the arrest] I will give [necessary] clarification.”
After Mr. Kiran Kumar’s arrest, Mr. Jayaraman reportedly had said on Saturday that it was because discrepancies were found in his statements during the interrogation that the former had been apprehended. The State government had found the arrest “highly embarrassing” and announced Mr. Jayaraman’s removal from his post later on Saturday.