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Bengal IPS officer reports for duty at Home Ministry

IANS  |  New Delhi 

West IPS on Thursday reported for duty at the Union Home Ministry, over two hours later than the time set by which had relieved him from his post as the state's ADG, CID following violence in

Sources said that reported to the concerned in the Ministry between 12 noon and 1 p.m., and then left.

The 1989 batch IPS officer, who has been Police between May 2016 and February 2019, reported to the ministry soon after arriving in the capital around 11.30 a.m.

The source said that Kumar missed his 10 a.m reporting time at the as he was waiting for his relieving order from West government.

The EC had on Wednesday relieved from his post with immediate effect ordering him to report for duty in the at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

He had earlier been questioned by the (CBI) in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

West Chief Minister had in February staged a 70-hour dharna after the CBI made a bid to question Kumar at his residence in Kolkata, which was thwarted by the local police. The CBI later had to approach the to make the questioning possible.

The Commission had also removed with immediate effect the West Bengal's Principal Secretary, Home, Atri Bhattacharya for "having interfered" in the poll process and curtailed the poll campaign in the state by a day, ordering stoppage of electioneering from 10 p.m. on Thursday on the remaining nine Lok Sabha constituencies going to the polls on May 19.

The EC took the decision, as it invoked - for the first time - Article 324 of the Constitution which gives it special powers to control and give directions for holding elections.

The decisions the EC took "as an action on violence in on Tuesday during a road show conducted by The violence had also led vandalisation of Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 16:30 IST