Kolkata: Alleging police inaction, senior IPS officer Nazrul Islam yesterday 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 August 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 federal 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”.
Amrita University ties up with
Amritapuri, Kerala: The Amrita University in Kerala yesterday launched a pioneering experiential learning programme that encourages the youth to live and experience the problems in the country’s villages.
As part of the programme, the Amrita University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of California (UC), San Diego, to enhance research and student exchanges.
The varsity’s Amrita Centre for International Programmes floated its new ‘Amrita Live-in-Labs’ on the 60th birthday of the world-renowned spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi here.
The scheme envisages students of Amrita and those from some of the best global universities to live in Indian villages for six months to understand the rural population’s health, hygiene, energy, water, waste and environment problems.