BJP snubs CJI for Amit Shah, suspends honest officials to cover up
GUWAHATI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has issued suspension notices to some IPS and ACS officers for “security lapses” during the visit of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Ranjan Gogoi, to Kamakhya on Maha Ashtami. But the step might hit them back hard as it is because of the concurrent visit of the party supremo, Amit Shah that the CJI had to face the security lapse.
According to sources, the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, had to wait for 10 seconds at the VIP gate because the BJP supremo, Amit Shah along with chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP’s favourite leader from the northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, were returning after worshiping the Goddess. This wait was perceived as a major security lapse.
For a background of matters pertinent here, it needs to be mentioned that in the Guwahati Police Commissionerate it was only Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Bhanwar Lal, among all other similar officers, who mandated tenant verification; resultantly many state government officials were against him. Tenant verification requires dedicated manpower and Assam Police has been known for squirming and complaining about lack of manpower. Bhanwar Lal mandated tenant verification in his district and many police officials were irked with the move as it increased their workload.
Lal, however, is also considered as one of the most honest officers that the Guwahati Commissionerate ever had. Today he stands suspended because according to the BJP government there was a security lapse during CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s visit to Kamakhya Temple.
CoP, DC not present during CJI’s visit
Whenever there is a political leader visiting the city, the commissioner of police and the deputy commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) never fail to be at the airport to receive them. When the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi visited the Kamakhya Temple, both of them were conspicuously missing.
It is the commissioner of police and the deputy commissioner (DC) who assigns these very important duties to relevant officers. Ranjan Gogoi’s visit was not taken seriously as, according to sources, all focus was given to Amit Shah’s visit.
The DC appoints the Protocol Officer who is usually an additional deputy commissioner and during Ranjan Gogoi’s visit, it was Additional DC Prasanta Kathkatia who was in-charge. Sources revealed that even Kathkatia is set to receive a suspension notice. But sources revealed that Kathkatia received the information about CJI’s visit rather late in the day and accordingly the police was informed.
If Kathkatia and Bhanwar Lal are suspended, it remains a wonder how their superiors, namely the commissioner of police and the deputy commissioner remain in office and have not been suspended. Have these two officers been made the proverbial “fall guys?”
The Bharatiya Janata Party has changed all norms and regulations for their party supremo and this is not new. Ranjan Gogoi was not given the importance he deserved; rather Amit Shah was treated as God.