New Delhi, Dec 18 : A day after the Centre asked the West Bengal Government to immediately relieve the three IPS officers who were called for central deputation, for joining them to the assigned posting at the earliest, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday condemned the Union Government’s ‘blatant interference’ in the Bengal administration.
In a tweet, Mr Kejriwal said, ‘I condemn the Centre’s blatant interference in the Bengal administration. Encroaching on the rights of states by attempting to transfer police officers to Centre just before elections, is an assault on federalism and an attempt to destabilize.’
In a letter written to the West Bengal Chief Secretary, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has referred to the IPS cadre rules 1954 stating that the Centre prevails over the state Government in case of any dispute and also asked the concerned officers to report at earliest.
The MHA is the cadre-controlling authority of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
The three IPS officers belong to the West Bengal cadre have been called to serve in central deputation in view of the lapses that allegedly led to an attack on BJP president JP Nadda’s convoy in West Bengal on December 10.