EC selects Pachnanda as new Kolkata police chief
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 19:30
Kolkata: The Election Commission on Thursday selected R K Pachnanda as the new Commissioner of Kolkata Police from a list of three IPS officers and referred his name to the West Bengal government.

The move comes a day after the EC directed the state government to replace the incumbent officer from the post as his tenure had crossed three years.

"The Election Commission has considered the three-member panel of IPS officers sent to it by the state government on direction and selected the name of R K Pachnanda as the city police Commissioner," additional chief electoral officer N K Sahana said here today.

The EC decision in this regard has been referred to the state chief secretary Samar Ghosh, Sahana said.

An official announcement to this effect by the state government is pending.

R K Pachnanda, a 1984 batch of IPS, holds the post of special Additional Commissioner (I) of police at present.

The EC for the first time had yesterday directed the state government to replace Gautam Mohan Chakraborty as the police commissioner.

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.


First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 19:30

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