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CM nod for Pachnanda release

Pachnanda

The Mamata Banerjee government has allowed former Calcutta police commissioner Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda to leave the Bengal cadre and take up a central government assignment.

Pachnanda will join the CRPF as its additional director-general.

Mamata’s endorsement of Pachnanda’s transfer came exactly a year after he was ousted from the post of police commissioner.

Pachnanda was removed as the city top cop on February 14, 2013, apparently for taking an initiative to arrest Trinamul Congress councillor Mohammad Iqbal, alias Munna, who was an accused in the murder of a Calcutta police sub-inspector in front of a college in Garden Reach.

“A letter from the Union home ministry seeking the state’s sanction for the release of Pachnanda reached chief secretary Sanjay Mitra on Wednesday evening. His file was placed before chief minister Mamata Banerjee after her return from north Bengal on Thursday evening. She has signed his (Pachnanda’s) release order,” said a home department official.

Pachnanda, an IPS officer of the 1983 batch, has been functioning as director-general in the state crime records bureau. He is expected to fly to Delhi on Friday morning and join his new post at the CRPF headquarters, sources said.

Pachnanda had in 1989-90 worked as assistant director, Special Protection Group (SPG), in charge of the “close protection team” meant for the Prime Minister.

He also worked in the Central Bureau of Investigation.