A day after he was removed as Siliguri Police Commissioner for ordering the arrest of Maldas District Magistrate on graft charges,K Jayaraman Sunday said he had no regrets as the action he took was in public interest.
What I did was right as it was done in public interest. I have no regrets. I will clarify later. The investigations (in the case) will go on… there should be no problem, Jayaraman said soon after he was given a warm send-off by his colleagues in Siliguri.
Now I am going on compulsory waiting. Earlier too,I was on central deputation….but I will come back as I belong to the West Bengal cadre.
The state government has put the IPS officer on compulsory waiting - a situation where an official remains jobless waiting for employment.
Meanwhile,Malda DM,Godala Kiran Kumar was granted conditional bail by a Siliguri court on Sunday. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate,Siliguri,A H M Rahman granted bail to the IAS officer on a surety of Rs 5,000. The bail was granted after the prosecution said it did not require Kumars custody at present.
On Saturday,after he was arrested,a local court had remanded Kumar in four days police custody. However,on Sunday,the police informed the court that they have got all the information they sought and doesnt require to keep him in custody.
The court,while granting bail,directed Kumar to provide all assistance to the investigators and the administration in connection with the case and to deposit his passport with the court till further orders. The officer was also directed to be present in the court on January 14,2014.
The District Magistrate was issued summons for questioning on alleged misappropriation of development funds,including sewerage,tender work and supply of CCTV cameras when he was CEO of Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) between 2012-13 and subsequently arrested Saturday.
The arrest led to high drama in the administrative circles of the state with Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra saying Siliguri Police Commissioner K Jayaraman had exceeded his brief by arresting Kumar as he neither informed the state government nor sought its approval.
According to government sources,the IAS fraternity took serious umbrage at the arrest and demanded action against the senior IPS officer.
Jayaraman was asked to relinquish charge as Siliguri police commissioner and report back to Kolkata.