Poll panel rejects Mamata’s objection on IPS officials transfer

The Election Commission of India (ECI), today, has strongly rejected allegations levelled by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against its order to transfer four police officers was at the behest of ruling BJP at the Centre. The poll asserted that the same was based on ‘cumulative feedback’ from one of its top officials and the special police observer.

Claiming that it won’t respond to the averment to prove its image, the ECI told the Trinamool chief that it holds full right to transfer and appoint officers during model code, as per election law.

The development came a day after Banerjee, in a written letter, questioned the motive of the ECI to transfer top police officers just in time before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Notably, the EC had on Friday transferred two police commissioners namely Anuj Sharma from Kolkata and Gyanwant Singh from Bidhannagar. Responding to Banerjee’s letter, the poll panel, referring to Section 28A of the Representation of the People Act, said Saturday that “It is the ECI and the governments of states/UTs who are jointly responsible to electors of the largest democracy and are bound to act strictly in the letter and spirit of the respective roles set forth by the founding fathers of the Constitution.”

“It is unfortunate that an exercise carried out by ECI only for the duration of the Model Code of Conduct is being labelled as arbitrary, motivated at the behest of ruling party at the Centre. It would not be correct and dignified to respond to such averments to prove/burnish its credentials,” the letter read.

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