By Kanchan Chakraborty
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) Monday cancelled the appointments of five IPS officers to the post of Director General of Police in West Bengal, including the state police chief, with immediate effect. However, the state government said it won’t remove the DGPs for now and will move Calcutta High Court against the CAT order.
The IPS officers whose appointments have been quashed are West Bengal DGP G M P Reddy, Ravinderjit Singh Nalwa (DGP Homeguard), Vijay Kumar (DGP Enforcement), Anil Kumar (DGP Armed Police) and Raj Kanojia (DGP Coastal Security). IPS officer Nazrul Islam, who at present is posted as ADG (Provisioning) had challenged the appointments claiming that the screening committee constituted by the state government in 2012 for promoting IPS officers to the DGP rank was illegal. He pleaded that Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee’s inclusion in the panel was illegal as only an officer of the rank of additional chief secretary was eligible to be a part of such panel.
Islam, through his counsel, pointed out that the documents, procured through RTI, showed that Banerjee had signed on the documents pertaining to the screening committee meeting as a member and was not an invitee member as claimed by the state.
Stating that the constitution of the selection panel was illegal, the CAT Bench directed the state to start departmental proceedings against the officers and file report by February 18.
However, Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee later said the state government will challenge the verdict in Calcutta High Court.