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J&K Guv promotes IPS Basant Rath even as Centre wants action against him

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New Delhi: Taking exception to the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s move of promoting IPS officer Basant Kumar Rath to the rank of Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the promotion was made even as the Centre had called for ‘action’ against him for alleged violation of the service conduct rules.

After receiving the report of a ‘discreet inquiry’ conducted by the Intelligence Bureau, the Centre in August last year asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to take ‘disciplinary action’ against 2000-cadre IPS Rath, for violating All India Service Rules.

Besides, the State Government was also requested to communicate with the Centre regarding the course of action taken against the senior IPS officer ‘at the earliest’.

IPS Rath was subjected to the IB’s ‘discreet inquiry’ in 2016-17, apparently on his account of his articles published in some leading national media houses.

Rath’s articles were labeled by the IB as “dangerously critical of the government policy” and “brazen violation of the IPS service conduct Rules.

“He has violated the provisions of Rule 3 (1), Rule 6 and Rule 7 of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968”, the inquiry report read.

Rath who hails from Odisha and is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) found himself embroiled in a fresh controversy immediately after taking over as IGP Traffic for his flamboyant attitude of issuing advisories and warnings compulsory for everyone including police officials and bikers who refuse to wear helmets.

 

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