| Tewari: Under scanner
Siliguri, Nov. 15: The inspector-general (IG) of the Border Security Force (BSF)’s North Bengal Frontier, S.R. Tewari, has been suspended on disciplinary grounds and summoned to the paramilitary force’s headquarters in New Delhi.
This is the first time that disciplinary action of this kind has been taken against such a high-ranking official of the region.
The director-general of the BSF, A.K. Mitra, when contacted over phone in New Delhi, told The Telegraph: “Some three months ago, I had received some specific allegations against him (Tewari) about some undesirable activities including abuse of power, especially with regards to recruitment. We had then appointed a senior officer to conduct a departmental inquiry. We have recently received a report and sent it to the ministry of home affairs. After examining the report, the home affairs department issued his suspension order on November 13.”
Mitra said Tewari had been intimated about his suspension yesterday and summoned to headquarters for further inquiries. The director general, however, could not give any clear idea about what action would be taken against Tewari. The suspended officer would, however, be allowed to give his version of the story before he is given any punishment, Mitra added.
When contacted this evening, Tewari, however, claimed that he had not received any suspension order so far. “I am leaving for Delhi tomorrow because I have been instructed to do so. I have also handed over charge to R.A. Tewari yesterday.”
Tewari, a 1982 batch IPS officer, had assumed office in the North Bengal Frontier on June 30, 2005. His replacement, R.A. Tewari, IG, Silchar Frontier, is a non-IPS officer with a paramilitary force background, said BSF officials. After he takes charge of North Bengal Frontier, the Silchar Frontier will be looked after by I.G. Tripura, the officials added.
The departing IG said: “I have heard that some departmental proceedings would be conducted against me. I simply do not know what the allegations against me are. Everything would be clear only when I reach New Delhi.”
Tewari said he had a feeling that two of his subordinate officers had conspired against him and rigged the entire episode. “I heard that these two officers had sent anonymous letters to the headquarters, framing some baseless charges against me,” the IG said.
Additional deputy inspector-general (central) S.S. Sandhu, who reports to Tewari, said the decision to suspend the IG could have been taken on the basis of allegations that had cropped up during his tenure as inspector-general, Andhra Pradesh police.
“I have no idea about any specific allegation. But this is for sure that the charges against him do not have any connection with the BSF,” Sandhu said.
“We are surprised to know that such stern action has been taken against him. He used to be an efficient and well-behaved officer. During his tenure as the IG, he had proved his efficiency,” he added.