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Govt could send notices to 3 IPS officers & Bengal govt over deputation tug-of-war

NEW DELHI, DEC 16 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/16/2020 12:46:40 PM IST

The three IPS officers from West Bengal, who were summoned by the Centre, as well as the state government, could soon receive show cause notices from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for not coming on deputation despite orders.

According to sources in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the Centre has been considering what action can be taken. It is possible that the three officers from the police service and the West Bengal government will have to explain why the officers were not relieved for deputation despite the Centre’s orders.
The MHA Saturday summoned three officers from West Bengal — who were in-charge of BJP national president J.P. Nadda’s security when his convoy was attacked last week — for central deputation. A day later, the Mamata Banerjee government said it “cannot spare” them.
In its response, the Centre is expected to emphasise that the MHA is the cadre-controlling authority of all Indian Police Service officers and, to that extent, is the final decision-making authority with regard to issues of postings and deputation.
“Even the state governments’ decisions to extend the tenure of officers beyond retirement has to be run through the Centre. In that sense, the Centre is the final decision-making body, so notices could be issued,” a senior government official said.
When reached for a comment, the MHA spokesperson Nitin Wakankar told ThePrint, “As per my information, nothing has been sent so far.”
The DoPT spokesperson did not respond to calls and message requests for a comment by ThePrint till the time of publishing this report.

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