Delhi HC fines Bengal govt. for failing to relieve IPS officer

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The Delhi High Court has imposed a cost of ₹20,000 on the West Bengal government for not relieving an IPS officer of the State cadre, for nearly three years since the Centre notified her cadre transfer from West Bengal to Odisha.

The High Court gave the order on a plea by a West Bengal cadre IPS officer of 2013 batch Ms. Loganayagi Divya V.

Ms. Divya, that after she married an IPS office of Odisha cadre, the Home Ministry on her representation, had on September 12, 2017, issued a notification for change of her cadre from West Bengal to Odisha.

She said more than two years have elapsed, but she was not being relieved by the West Bengal government.

“This shows complete apathy on the part of the State of West Bengal — which cannot be countenanced,” the High Court said.

“We declare that the petitioner [Ms. Divya] stands forthwith relieved from her post in the IPS cadre of the State of West Bengal. No further orders would be required to be passed by the State of West Bengal in this regard,” the High Court ordered.

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