QKolkata: Action Against 5 IPS Officers, Says Centre & More

1. Will Strip 5 Officers of Medals: Centre

A new front has been opened in the Centre-versus-state battle, with the Ministry of Home Affairs all set to take “punitive action” against five senior IPS officers posted in Bengal.

The Home Ministry has accused state director-general of police Virendra, additional DG (security) Vineet Kumar Goyal, additional DG (law and order) Anuj Sharma, Salt Lake commissioner of police Gyanwant Singh and Kolkata Police additional commissioner Supratim Sarkar of “taking part in the dharna” convened by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to protest against last Sunday’s CBI’s “special operation” at city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Five IPS Officers Who Took Part in Mamata’s Dharna to Lose Medals

2. CBI Summons Kolkata Police Commissioner for Questioning

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for the Supreme Court-ordained interrogation to Shillong this Saturday.

The agency’s communication to the Kolkata Police commissioner came late on Thursday evening after a series of meetings. “We have asked him to be present for the questioning on Saturday,” a CBI spokesperson said in Delhi. A special CBI team consisting of five officers is likely to reach Shillong by Friday.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar Summoned by CBI on 9 February

3. CBI ‘Inconsistencies’: Bengal Won’t File Fresh Petition in SC

The West Bengal government is unlikely to file a fresh plea before the Supreme Court to point out factual inconsistencies in the CBI’s petition, a top legal advisor to the state said on Thursday.

The state government had been consulting legal experts after the apex court’s order restraining CBI from taking any coercive steps, including arrest, against Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and allowing his questioning in Shillong.

Bengal claims the CBI’s petition has several glaring factual inconsistencies that should be immediately brought to the Supreme Court’s notice. While hearing a contempt-of-court plea, the SC had asked the state’s chief secretary, DGP and Kolkata police commissioner (CP) to file replies by 18 February. The matter will be heard again on 20 February.

(Source: The Times of india)

4. Loudon St CBI ‘Visit’ in HC on 13 February

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed that the case relating to Sunday’s episode at Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s official home be heard on 13 February.

The directive by Justice Sivakanta Prasad came after West Bengal government counsel Saswata Gopal Mukherjee sought an adjournment, pleading that the case be heard after 20 February as the Supreme Court was to hear CBI’s plea on the same issue on that date.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Circuit Bench Is New Flashpoint in Relations Between Mamata, Modi

The Mamata Banerjee government has “condemned” an alleged “effort” by the Centre to inaugurate Calcutta High Court’s circuit bench in Jalpaiguri “unilaterally” during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the district on Friday, claiming that it was spending crores on infrastructure and that it had been intimated of the plan at the eleventh hour without being invited.

“We condemn the effort…. We knew the Prime Minister was coming for a political meeting. If he inaugurates the circuit bench without involving the state, we will protest,” said Bengal Law Minister Malay Ghatak, apparently mandated by the chief minister to speak to the media on the issue.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Mukesh, Mittal Make ₹15K Cr Telecom Infra Pitch for State

Day one of the 5th edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) on Thursday witnessed two warring telecom giants – Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel – making strong investment proposals to battle it out in the West Bengal market.

As Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani announced the biggest investment proposal on the inaugural plenary session with a Rs 10,000 crore kitty, Rajan Bharti Mittal, the vice chairman and managing director of Bharti Enterprises, told TOI on the sidelines of the state’s showpiece business event that Bharti Airtel is likely to shell out around Rs 5,000 crore to expand and upgrade its telecom infrastructure in the next one year. According to Mittal, the money that Airtel will pump in will be utilised in increasing capacity, setting up more data centres, more 4G and fibre links.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Bengal Global Business Summit begins on Thursday

7. East-West Metro Faces Tricky 2.4Km Stretch With 300 Buildings

The journey of the twin East-West Metro tunnels from Esplanade to Sealdah will take them under or close to more than 300 buildings, several of which are several decades old and might need to be evacuated before work starts.

Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), the implementing agency for the Metro corridor from Sector V to Howrah Maidan through the Hooghly riverbed, has commissioned a survey to ascertain the stability of the buildings along the Esplanade-Sealdah alignment.

A senior official said, occupants of some of the buildings would have to shift elsewhere for the duration of the tunnelling operation, as was the case when the two machines burrowed their way to Esplanade through the Brabourne Road stretch.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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