West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is set to shift Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar ,who returned to the city last night after being grilled by CBI officials for 36 hours, over five days, in Shillong.
This trasnfer is to be commissioner by February 20 when the next hearing of CBI’s contempt of court case is due at the Supreme Court. However, the trasnfer may not be due to expected further pressures from CBI, or negative orders from the Apex court.
The transfer is needed to suit the instructions issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI), last month, in view of forthcoming general elections. The order said that any officer who has been engaged in the election process and continuing in a specific post since more than years should be shifted.
Earlier the deadline of carrying out the order was February 28 but officials said that the deadline has been brought to February 20. In 2016, ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, Kumar was removed from the post of the Kolkata Police commissioner, under the instruction of the election commissioner but on May 21, that year, he was reinstated. Thus by May 31 this year, his tenure as the commissioner will cross the three-year mark and so he would have to be removed before February 20.