EC shunts out DC as IPS, IAS officers cross swords

The Election Commission shunted out Divisional Commissioner of Basti following allegations that he misbehaved with an SP.

Lucknow: The Election Commission today
shunted out Divisional Commissioner of Basti following
allegations that he misbehaved with an SP, even as UP
government has set up a committee to look into the issue after
the IPS Association demanded action against the officer.

The EC also sought an explanation an explanation from DC
Basti Anurag Srivastava by January 31 on his action during a
meeting to review poll preparations on Thursday and
asked the government to post him for non-electoral duties.
"On a complaint lodged by IPS Association, the EC has
sought an explanation from commissioner Basti Anurag
Srivastava by January 31," chief electoral officer of Uttar
Pradesh Umesh Sinha told PTI.

He said that explanation has been sought on two points
- using indecent language and asking an IPS officer to leave
the meeting hall.
Srivastava has been transferred and will be given
non-electoral duties, Sinha said.

During the meeting on Thursday, divisional commissioner
Srivastava expressed displeasure over lack of coordination
between Siddharth Nagar district magistrate V Chaitra and
superintendent of police Mohit Gupta.

Srivastava while blaming the SP allegedly used derogatory
language and Gupta resisted he was reportedly asked to get out
of the meeting hall.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of IPS Association met
Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh in this connection
and submitted a memorandum, official sources said.

Following the meeting, the state government has
constituted a two member committee, including Industrial
Development Commissioner V N Garg and DG, Anti-corruption Arun
Kumar, they said.

"The committee has been asked to submit its report
within three days on better coordination between IAS and IPS
officers," sources said.

The development comes a day after the transferred DM
and SP of Siddharthnagar. While DM Siddharth Nagar, V Chaitra
swapped place with DM Panchsheelnagar, Saurabh Babu, SP Mohit
Gupta was shifted as SP Farrukhabad in place of O P Sagar.