Bengal cop moves court against Mamata, top officials

Kolkata, Sep 27 : Alleging police inaction, senior IPS officer Nazrul Islam Friday filed a petition before a city court seeking a probe against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and three government officials on a complaint he filed last month.

Islam, an additional director general-rank officer, in his Aug 17 complaint accused Banerjee, Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee and Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee of criminal intimidation, causing mental agony, denying him promotion, disallowing leave, bugging communication lines and also criminal intimidation of his family members.

"The Hare Street police station before which Islam filed the complaint has refused to investigate the matter. Even the city police commissioner to whom he had written has not taken any action, so we were compelled to file this petition," said Islam's counsel Gulam Mustafa.

"The court today (Friday) admitted our petition and the hearing has begun," said Mustafa, adding that though the complaint was filed over a month ago, police have refused to take any action.

Islam earlier levelled allegations about "corrupt practices" during Banerjee's tenure as railway minister.

In a letter to the union home ministry, Islam had claimed that during his posting with the railways when Banerjee held the portfolio, he was "used" to "collect more bribe from a tainted senior railway official".

He had also claimed to have "documentary evidence to show how the railway ministry in 2010 had let off a top officer despite substantial proof of corruption against him".

Relations between Islam and the Banerjee regime soured after the state government banned the sale and publication of two books penned by the police officer in which he had criticised the government's policies for the minority Muslim community.

Departmental proceedings were also initiated against him for writing the books without prior governmental permission.

--IANS (Posted on 27-09-2013)

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