West Bengal: Alapan Bandyopadhyay will reply to Centre's show-cause notice, say sources

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 07:57 PM IST
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West Bengal: Alapan Bandyopadhyay will reply to Centre's show-cause notice, say sources | (ANI Photo)

Kolkata: Former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, abiding to the protocol, will reply to the show-cause notice sent to him by the central government.

According to West Bengal secretariat sources, not one but two replies will be sent to the central government against the show-cause notice.

“In the show-cause there was mention of both Chief Secretary and Alapan Bandyopadhyay so the present CS HK Diwedi along with Alapan will send replies. Alapan is in constant touch with his lawyer and after seeking legal help he will send his reply tentatively by June 3 afternoon,” mentioned Nabanna sources.

Notably, on June 1, the Central government had show-caused Alapan for not being present at PM’s review meeting over Cyclone Yaas on May 28 at Kalaikunda. In the letter, Centre has invoked Section 51(b) of the Disaster Management Act against Alapan and asked him to respond to the notice within three days, failing which an FIR will be filed against him.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing a press conference said that the Alapan chapter is over and also that the ruling Trinamool Congress government if needed will provide full support to the former Chief Secretary.

Taking a dig at Alapan, BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari alleged that the TMC government is supporting him as he is party to several corruption cases of the ruling TMC.

Meanwhile, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee said that under disaster management act a show-cause notice should also be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

“Alapan Bandyopadhyay is tirelessly working to amid Covid and Yaas and instead of helping him the Prime Minister is trying to malign him. Show-cause letter should also be sent to Modi and Shah along with other BJP leaders who were instrumental for the Covid spike in West Bengal. The Centre can also send me a show-cause letter,” said Abhishek while visiting cyclone-affected areas in South 24 Parganas.

Slamming Abhishek, West Bengal BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu said that the TMC can send show-cause notice to the top BJP leaders utilizing the state machinery.

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