Centre unlikely to go in for President’s rule in Bengal

After the “unprecedented” turn of events in Kolkata over the CBI’s bid to question City Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam on Sunday evening, the Centre is unlikely to recommend President’s rule in the State. Though Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the incident “bordered on the failure of constitutional machinery”, senior officials said the situation was not grave enough to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution enabling President’s rule. The government has decided to tread cautiously on the subject of sending notices to Mr. Kumar. A senior Home Ministry official said it would seek a report on the role of the IPS officers on allegations of obstructing investigation and violation of service conduct rules. The Ministry is the cadre-controlling authority of IPS officers. The Ministry has not sought any explanation from the CBI on the Kolkata developments. “We will wait for the Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday before taking a decision on sending notices to the police officers in Kolkata. Their conduct violated service rules,” another official said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/centre-unlikely-to-go-in-for-presidents-rule-in-bengal/article26179665.ece

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