The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for violation of services rules, in a move that is likely to further escalate tension between Centre and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had gone on protest following CBI raids at Kumar’s residence on Sunday.

In its communication to the West Bengal Chief Secretary on February 5, the MHA said that as per information received, Kumar sat on dharna with Mamata Banerjee along with some police officers at the Metro Channel in Kolkata, which is prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of the AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968, and AIS (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969.

The ministry cited the extant provisions of Rules 3(1), 5(1) and 7 of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, which were reportedly flouted by Kumar. “In view of the above, the West Bengal government has been requested by MHA to initiate action against the officer and intimate the action taken in this regard,” it said. The MHA, which is the cadre controlling authority of IPS officers, cited Kumar’s “indisciplined behaviour” and violation of service rules for initiating the proceedings.

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