UPA trying to destabilise Gujarat govt: Modi to PM
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 22:55
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining against Home Minister P Chidambaram's comment on the issue of IPS officers, alleging that the UPA government is trying to destabilise his government.

"Congress-led UPA government is trying to destabilise the democratically elected government of the state of Gujarat," Modi said in the letter written to the Prime Minister.

"Home Minister's (P Chidambaram) comments made yesterday were aimed at promoting indiscipline in the police force of the state," Modi said.

Modi has sought the prime minister's intervention in the matter, saying that those who are making such comments should be told not to do so.

His letter to the prime minister comes after Chidambaram's remark yesterday that the Centre could intervene on the issue of IPS officers of Gujarat if the affected officers want so.

"Rules do provide for central government to take certain decisions at certain stages but that stage has to be invoked by officer concerned. If officer concerned invokes the rule, certainly we will look into it," the Home Minister said.

The Gujarat government has suspended IPS officers Sanjiv Bhatt and charge sheeted another senior officer Rahul Sharma who have spoken against it over the 2002 riots.

"The relationship and power structure between the Centre and the state have been clearly demarcated, which are being violated by such statements. Such blatant remarks by the Home Minister will create deep crisis in the federal fabric of the nation," Modi said in the letter.

"Apart from the Home Minister, many other ministers have also commented on the issues on similar lines," he pointed out.

"Regarding the Home Minister's comment, I would like to draw your attention that the All India Services Rules are very clear about the issue," the Gujarat chief minister said.

"These police officials come in state cadre and their affairs are concerned with the state government. As per the all India service rules, the state government has right to take actions like suspension, departmental inquires and punitive actions against erring officials," Modi asserted.

This right (of taking actions against IPS officers) has been given to the state government under the federal structure by the All India Service Rules, he wrote.

Neither the central government nor any other authority can subvert this right of the state government, Modi pointed out.

"The service rules also provide that such officers can approach Central Administrative Tribunal, High Court or Supreme Court," Modi further said.

"Regarding the concerned officials (Bhatt and Sharma), preliminary enquiries were conducted, and they were given enough time to explain their acts of indiscipline as per administrative rules.

"Senior police officials are expected to maintain high standards when they are entrusted with responsibility of maintaining discipline in the society. It is surprising that Centre is favouring an official (Bhatt) who was absent for the last 10 months," Modi wrote in the letter.

It should be an issue of concern for the entire country that central government is coming in support of officials who have committed indiscipline and breaking rules, the chief minister said.

"In other words it means that they (IPS officers) are being encouraged for political activity by the Centre."

Modi has requested the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter for a healthy relationship between the state and the centre and to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

IPS officer Bhatt, who has alleged Modi's complicity in the post-Godhra riots, was suspended on August 8 for "acts of indiscipline".

The Gujarat government today charge sheeted another senior officer Rahul Sharma for alleged misconduct in not submitting the original CDs containing mobile phone call records related to the 2002 communal riots to investigating officers.


First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 22:55

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