Kolkata: Under pressure from the Election Commission of India (EC), Mamata Banerjee government has revoked an order wherein controversial IPS officer Rajeev Kumar was assigned two additional posts last week.
The move comes after BJP leader Mukul Roy called on the state chief electoral officer Ariz Aftab and complained that Kumar has been assigned the additional posts to indirectly favour the ruling Trinamool.
EC took the complaint seriously and directed the state government to relieve Kumar of the additional charge of the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police and the state’s Directorate of Economic Offences.
Subsequent to this, the state home department issued a fresh notification on Wednesday (6 March) revoking the order of 1 March wherein Kumar was bestowed with the additional responsibilities.
This is because six months ahead of a Lok Sabha or Assembly polls, the EC enjoys a say on the transfer and postings of civil servants in a state.
With the new notification, Kumar will now only shoulder the responsibility of additional director general (CID), a post to which he was transferred on 19 February from the post of Kolkata Police commissioner.