Surajit Kat Purakayastha, the present director general of West Bengal Police (DGP), will retain his post till May 2018 inspite of his official retirement age coming in December 2016, according to a decision taken by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
A senior official of the home department said that the decision was taken while abiding by the Supreme Court ruling that a DGP would have to remain in office for at least two years; the 1985-batch IPS officer had taken over the post in May this year.Legal experts, however, said that the extension has been sought looking at the proximity of the DGP to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“He is in the good books of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and thus it comes as no surprise. The Supreme Court ruling said that a DGP would hold office for not less than two years, but it said nothing about extension of the tenure of an officer if he is set to retire before that,” said a senior lawyer of the High Court.
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Sources in the state cabinet confirmed that officials of the home and personnel and administrative forms department had been in regular touch with the DoPT – the cadre-controlling authority of the Union government – to expedite the extension process.
After serving as the commissioner of Kolkata Police from February 2013 to February 2016, Purakayastha had been made the DG (CID) before he took over as the DGP.