Govt extends DGP’s tenure by two years
The state government has cited a Supreme Court order to extend the term of Surajit Kar Purkayastha, the present DGP , till May 31, 2018.
Purkayastha was set to retire on December 31 this year, giving him just around six months at office. The new order will see him at the top job almost one-and-a-half years after his retirement.
“The government has issued an order on Friday in compliance with the Suprme Court’s June 11, 2006, order that the Director General & Inspector General of Police, West Bengal, shall hold office for not less than two years irrespective of his date of retirement,“ the order stated. The state government has also issued another order on Friday , stating that Purkayasthya, who has taken over as the DGP May 31, 2016, shall hold office of DG & IGP up to May 31, 2018.
Sources said the order was important given that the Mamata Banerjee government was mulling tweaking the Spe cial Kolkata police Act and introduce a uniform police code that will ensure that the Kolkata Police commissioner reports to the DG. He now reports to the chief minister and the home secretary . The change will allow the government to post middle and lower division cops of Kolkata Police outside the city . Similarly , those serving outside can be posted in the city.
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