The Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police expressed their lack of ability to journey to Delhi in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) shot off one other letter to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police of West Bengal to seem earlier than the Union Home Secretary in relation to the “law and order” state of affairs in the State.
The two officers – Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and DGP Virendra – had been requested to seem earlier than Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla at 5.30 p.m. on Friday. The letter was despatched on Thursday.
The two officers have, nonetheless, expressed their lack of ability to journey to Delhi in wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and advised that they might seem by way of video-conference.
A senior authorities official stated that MHA was likely to agree to the proposal and the assembly may be held in a virtual mode on Friday.
The MHA had taken a tricky stand after an assault on the convoy of Bharatiya Janata Party president J.P. Nadda in Diamond Harbour space of West Bengal. The Ministry summoned the Chief Secretary and the DGP and likewise ordered three senior IPS officers accountable for Mr. Nadda’s safety to report for Central deputation.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated on Thursday that the orders had been a “blatant misuse of emergency provision of IPS Cadre Rule 1954” and that West Bengal was “not going to cow down in front of expansionist and undemocratic force.”
None of the three West Bengal cadre IPS officers – Inspector General (South Bengal) Rajeev Mishra, Deputy Inspector General (Presidency Range) Praveen Kumar Tripathi, and Diamond Harbour Superintendent of Police Bholanath Pandey – had utilized for Central deputation. However, the MHA is the cadre controlling authority of IPS officers.