Kolkata: Triggering an administrative crisis, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Monday quashed setting up of a committee by the West Bengal government that promoted five IPS officers to the rank of director general of police including existing state police boss G.M. P. Reddy.
The order by the Kolkata bench of CAT resulted in the cancellation of promotion of Reddy and four other senior IPS officers, leaving the state police virtually headless.
The order came in response to a petition filed by Additional Director General of Police (Provisioning), Nazrul Islam who had approached the tribunal last year challenging the setting up of the commission which had “denied” him promotion.
“The setting up of the committee was illegal as it was not constituted following the guidelines of ministry of home affairs. We presented RTI responses from the government to substantiate it,” said Islam’s counsel Surajit Samanta.