Bengal Chief Secretary-DGP skipping two meetings in three days a ‘constitutional lapse’: Governor

Kolkata, Jan 12 (PTI) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday said that state Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi and Director General of Police (DGP) Manoj Malviya did not attend the two meetings scheduled with him during the three days. The Governor termed the skipping of the meeting by both the officials as a “constitutional lapse”.

Dhankhar’s statement came after the two officials did not attend the meeting called by him earlier in the day. They had called the meeting to find out why BJP leader of opposition Shubhendu Adhikari was allegedly stopped by the police on January 7 while arriving at an event organized at Netai in Jhargram district, despite the Calcutta High Court order that his There should be no restriction on movement.

Dhankhar alleged that the two officers not only damaged the reputation of the top service, but also violated the basic spirit of democracy by defying repeated calls to the meeting.

Dhankhar tweeted that this has been done for the second time in three days by these two officers.

Dhankhar had earlier called up the Chief Secretary and the DGP on January 8 over the alleged detention of Shubhendu Adhikari in Netai. The governor took this step after the officer complained about the incident at the Raj Bhavan and sought a written report from both the officers. When the Chief Secretary and the DGP informed the Governor that he was under quarantine due to COVID-19, Dhankhar urged an Additional Chief Secretary and an officer of a lower rank from the DGP to come to the meeting on January 9 with the details of the incident. Was. After receiving the report of the Jhargram superintendent of police on the incident, the governor had said on Tuesday that he hoped to get a fully updated and written report. He alleged that his instructions were disobeyed.

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