Mumbai: Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP alliance
has criticised Director General of Police (anti-corruption
bureau) A N Roy`s appointment for handling election work
during the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra.
"It is well known that Roy became DGP due to blessings
of a political party and it is wrong to give him this
responsibility," state BJP president Nitin Gadkari said.
"We will inform the Election Commission about the
controversial tenure of Roy," Gadkari said in a statement.
Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said her party would seek
intervention either from the Commission or the courts to
oppose Roy being given poll work.
"In the state Legislature members have debated the
controversies surrounding Roy and appointing him in charge of
election work by sidelining state police chief S S Virk is a
bad precedent," Gorhe said.
The Congress-led Democratic Front government had sought
opinion of the Election Commission on whether to assign
election work to Virk or entrust another senior IPS officer
with the task as was done during the Lok Sabha polls.
Roy`s appointment was yesterday announced by
Maharashtra additional chief secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar.
In February, when the process for the Lok sabha polls
was underway, the Commission directed that the officials
against whom disciplinary action had been recommended or those
charged with lapse in any election or election-related work or
those transferred under the orders of the Commission may not
be assigned any poll-related duty.
As Virk was shifted on the orders of the Commission
when he was DGP of Punjab, Maharashtra Government referred his
case to the Commission which observed that while Virk could
continue as the DGP, he should not be assigned any
The government, with the permission of the Commission,
had appointed the then director of ACB, S Chakraborty, to look
after poll-related work.