Opposition decries `light punishment` given to Bengal DGP

Opposition in West Bengal on Friday charged that DGP Bhupinder Singh, caught allegedly taking pictures on his cellphone inside the House, has escaped with a "light punishment" of Rs 1000 for the offence.

Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 17:57 PM IST

Kolkata: Opposition in West Bengal on Friday
charged that DGP Bhupinder Singh, caught allegedly taking
pictures on his cellphone inside the House, has escaped with a
"light punishment" after the Speaker directed him to summon Rs
1000 for the offence that "violated rules of the assembly".

"It`s not a punishment at all for DGP Bhupinder Singh but
a reward for his obedience to the government," Leader of the
Opposition Partha Chatterjee and CLP leader Manas Bhuniya told
reporters here.
Stating that Speaker H A Halim should have dismissed the
DGP from service, Chatterjee, a Trinamool Congress member,
questioned why he had, instead, stated that the DGP`s service,
promotion and pension would not be affected.

The chief minister should have asked the DGP to go on
leave till his retirement, he said.

He also wondered why the Speaker had directed the DGP to
deposit Rs 1000 for the offence to the Chief Minister`s Relief
Fund.
He alleged that it was an example of how some officials,
who were monitoring movement of the Opposition and tapping
their phones, were acting as stooges of the ruling party.

Bhunia said he would request the Speaker for proceedings
on the issue in the House.

He said he would also apprise Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the matter.

PTI