EC directs Bengal government to replace Kolkata police chief

Election Commission has directed the West Bengal government to replace Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty as his tenure has crossed three years and sought a three- member panel to select a new incumbent.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 19:22 PM IST

Kolkata: In an unprecedented move, the
Election Commission has directed the West Bengal government to
replace Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty
as his tenure has crossed three years and sought a three-
member panel to select a new incumbent.
"Yesterday evening, the Election Commission sent an
instruction to Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta stating
that Gautam Mohan Chakraborty`s tenure as Police Commissioner
has crossed three years and so he has to be replaced,"
additional CEO N K Sahana told reporters today.

Sahana said the Commission sought a three-member panel
to be referred to it as early as possible and that the EC`s
communication had been forwarded to chief secretary Samar
Ghosh by the CEO himself.

"As soon as the panel is received from the state
government, we will send it to the Election Commission,"
Sahana said.

This is for the first time that the Election
Commission has intervened to select a new police commissioner
of a city.
Election department sources said that a general order
of the Election Commission on December 14, 2010, to the state
government had stated that any police official, if he is in
the post at the same place for three years and if he is
posted in the home district, he or she should be transferred.

The sources said that it was the responsibility of the
state government to transfer those police officials before
March one when the election dates for the state were
announced.

PTI