West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the Centre of victimising the state’s former Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay by initiating disciplinary proceedings against him.
“The Centre must realise it is victimising an official who lost his brother, nephew and mother within a span of 15-20 days,” she said.
“He is in mental agony because he has worked for the country all his life, and now he is being treated in such a manner. This is irresponsible behaviour and we will not allow this.”
The TMC supremo's remarks came two days after the Union government sent a notice to the bureaucrat, warning him about proceedings that could lead to the withholding of his pension or gratuity, or both, either entirely or partially. He was given a month to submit a statement in his defence.
Bandyopadhyay had been summoned by the Centre to Delhi on May 28, in response to accusations that Mamata had kept Prime Minister Modi waiting while attending a meeting on the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas and had then left without his permission.