In a fresh setback to director general of police S S Virk, the Election Commission entrusted anti-corruption bureau director A N Roy with poll duty for the ensuing state assembly elections. During the Lok Sabha polls too, the Election Commission had asked the then ACB director S Chakraborty, now retired, to supervise the law and order situation. The commission had submitted list of three senior IPS officers-A N Roy, Jayant Umranikar and Hasan Gafoor, all of whom are of the rank of DG. The commission then entrusted the job to anti-corruption bureau director A N Roy. When the Lok Sabha polls were declared, the Election Commission had desired that officers against whom it has recommended disciplinary action or those who have been charged for any lapse in any election or elections-related work or those transferred under the orders of the commission previously, may not be assigned any poll-related duty. In view of the specific instructions, the home department had on August 31 sought opinion of the Election Commission on whether Virk can be assigned election-related duty, since he was transferred on the orders of the commission during his tenure as the DGP of Punjab. The Election Commission’s decision has upset the IPS lobby who have said that the order appears to be unrealistic, since no other state has two DGPs. Bureau report – NMTV News.
August 9, 2009