Kolkata, March 3 IANS | 5 months ago

Contending that his relations with successive governments in West Bengal soured because of his inability to bow to "whims" of the political masters, former IPS officer Nazrul Islam Monday hit out at the Mamata Banerjee government saying corruption under it was "uncontrolled".


Islam, who retired as an additional director general of police Feb 28, also launched three of his books - one of which deals with the deprivation suffered by Muslims, Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Bengal while the other two political satires are seemingly aimed at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

"My trouble with successive (state) governments has been because I never conceded to their whimsical orders. I always maintained that I was a public servant and not a domestic servant.

"As regards the two governments, the Left Front being politically structured, corruption under it was controlled. But under the present regime, corruption now is uncontrollable," Islam told media during the launch of his books.

Initially close to the Trinamool Congress supremo, Islam gradually drifted away after he alleged irregularities during Banerjee's tenure as the railways minister and drew the government's ire after he wrote books accusing her government of "exploiting and treating Muslims only as vote bank".

Besides one of his books being banned, Islam was also charge-sheeted by the government for violating service rules.

Islam who has been working for the cause of minorities and SCs/STs, also admitted that he was approached by the Aam Aadmi Party to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as its candidate.

"I have vowed to fight for the welfare of minorities, SCs and STs who have been historically deprived. But I am not in a hurry to join any political party," said Islam who said his fight was against the "upper class domination" in administration and government.

Islam also proposes to hold a meeting with expelled Communist Party of India-Marxist legislator Abdul Rezzak Mollah, who has launched a party to fight for the rights of Muslims and SCs/STs.

Islam also said he will soon approach the Supreme Court after the Calcutta High Court recently quashed a Central Administrative Tribunal order which had quashed the appointments of five IPS officers of the state to the rank of director general of police including the existing state police chief G.M.P. Reddy.

The CAT's order had come in a petition filed by Islam in which he had questioned the validity of the promotions of the five officers.

(Posted on 03-03-2014)