A day after the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote an angry letter to the Election Commission of India after it ordered to transfer top four IPS officers, including Kolkata Police Commissioner, reports the Election Body on Sunday, which was issued a point-by-point rejoinder rejected her charges and iterating it was well within the rights to exercise the changes.

Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhiushan Kumar in his four-page letter said that CM Banerjee has missive contained “factually incorrect innuendos” and claims that the decision to transfer the top four IPS officers was taken after several review meetings, receipt of a large number of complaints from several political parties and also the cumulative feedback from the DEC in-charge of the state as well as the Special Police Observer.

Mr. Kumar said, “ECI is fully within its rights conferred by Section 28A of the Representative of the People Act, 1951.”

The DEC termed it as ‘unfortunate’ CM Banerjee has described the decision as “highly arbitrary, motivated and biased towards BJP.”

“It is unfortunate that the exercise carried out by the Election Commission of India only for the duration of the Model Code of Conduct is being labeled as arbitrary, motivated at the behest of the ruling party at the centre. It would not be correct and dignified to respond to such averments to prove/burnish its credentials,” added Mr. Kumar.

On Friday, the Election Commission has removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh, and two Superintendents of Police- P.S. Selvamurugan of Diamond Harbour District, and Shyam Singh of Birbhum District.   

In a written letter to State Chief Secretary Malay De, the Police Commission said that Rajesh Kumar, who is till now ADG and IGP, Pollution Control Board, would take over as the new Kolkata Police Chief post and Natarajan Ramesh Babu will be appointed as ADG and IGP, Operations, will take over as Bidhannagar CP.

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