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Delhi wants action against Kumar for joining sit-in

Home Ministry letter to Bengal govt. cites violation of service rules

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for participating in a sit-in with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

A senior MHA official said on Tuesday that a letter was sent to Chief Secretary of West Bengal to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Kumar for “indisciplined behaviour” and violation of All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968/ AIS (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969.

With the CM

In the letter sent on Tuesday, the MHA said as per information received by it, Mr. Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, sat on a dharna (sit-in) along with some police officers, along with the Chief Minister of West Bengal at the Metro Channel in Kolkata, which is prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of conduct rules.

The MHA communication cited the extant provisions of the Rules 3(1), 5(1) and 7 of the AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968, which were reportedly flouted by Mr. Kumar.

Rule 3(1) states that “every member of the Service shall at all times maintain absolute integrity and devotion to duty and shall do nothing which is unbecoming of a member of the Service.”

Rule 5 (1) says that no member of the Service shall be a member of, or be otherwise associated with, any political party or any organisation which takes part in politics, nor shall he take part in, or subscribe in aid of, or assistant in any other manner, any political movement or political party.

Rule 7 debars criticism of Government. “No member of the Service shall, in any radio broadcast or communication over any public media or in any document published anonymously, pseudonymously or in his own name or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion, i)which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent policy or action of the Central Government or a State Govemment; or ii) which is capable of embarrassing the relations between the Central Government and any State Government; or iii) which is capable of embarrassing the relations between the Central Government and the Government of any Foreign State.”

Seeks ATR

MHA said that in view of the service rules violation, the West Bengal government has been requested to initiate action against the officer and intimate the action taken in this regard.

A CBI team that had arrived at the residence of Mr. Kumar on Sunday to question him in the Saradha scam was bundled in a vehicle by the Kolkata police and whisked away to a nearby police station. They were released later. The CBI headquarters in Kolkata and the residence of Joint Director Pankaj Srivastava were also surrounded by local police. Mr. Kumar was later seen at a sit-in with Ms. Banerjee.

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