Maharashtra Polls: Congress moves EC against BJP over Mumbai Police chief extension

BJP and Congress Flag Poster
BJP and Congress Flag Poster

New Delhi, Sep 24 : Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of misusing official machinery , the Congress on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against the three-month extension to Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and said it amounts to violation of EC guidelines.

Asserting that Sanjay Barve should be retired immediately ,the Congress said Barve was to retire on August 31 but was given extension on August 29 as a “special case”. It was a violation of the EC guidelines and warranted immediate exercise of powers under Article 324, it said.

Maharashtra, ruled by the BJP-Shiv Sena combine, will go to polls on October 21.

Barve, a 1987 batch IPS officer, was appointed the Mumbai Police Commissioner on February 28. “It’s quite suspicious that the MHA has made a special case for granting extension to Barve at such a sensitive time,” the Congress said.

The Congress cited the EC’s January order on officers retiring within six months of commencement of elections. “In light of that, we request the commission to use its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution and address the issue by passing directions to the State Election Commission to take immediate necessary steps to ensure integrity of the upcoming elections,” the Congress said.

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