The second-in-command in the CID, the state’s main investigative agency, was on Friday transferred to a less important department in a shuffle of five IPS officers.
C.V. Murlidhar, additional director general, CID, will take charge as ADG (housing). He will oversee infrastructure development at police stations across the state and housing for policemen. The post had been lying vacant.
Murlidhar will be replaced by Sivaji Ghosh, the special commissioner of police. It isn’t known who will replace him.
“The CID has been given importance in the shuffle because it has been probing a number of serious cases in which CPM leaders like Sushanta Ghosh and Lakshman Seth are involved. Ghosh is a senior officer with a lot of experience and thus the government decided to transfer him to the CID,” said a home department official.
The state government has also created a new post in the home department: officer on special duty.
“Director-general (crime), V.V. Thambi, who headed the CID, retired on Friday. The government decided to retain him and created the new post. Thambi will get all the facilities of an officer of his rank,” the official said. “Ghosh will be heading the CID from today.”
Nazrul Islam, the assistant director-general (training) and A.K. Maliwal, the assistant director-general (provision) have replaced each other.
Dipali Bhattacharya, the former principal of the Government College of Art & Craft, who had held an exhibition of fake Rabindranath Tagore paintings last year, was on Friday granted anticipatory bail by the division bench of Justice Asim Roy and Joymalya Bagchi. The order said in the event of her arrest, she would be granted bail on a security of Rs 5,000. The CID has been investigating the case on an FIR filed with New Market police station. In the PIL filed by sculptor Tapas Sarkar in the fake Tagore paintings case, the former principal has been added as a party.
An Odisha-based trader has lodged a complaint that gold jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh was stolen from his room in a hotel in central Calcutta. Anup Agarwal, 45, who had come to attend a wedding, had put up in AV Hotel, a stone’s throw from Burrabazar police station, last Friday. He went back on Tuesday. It was only after going back that he realised the jewellery was missing from a suitcase, said police. Agarwal returned to the city on Thursday and lodged a complaint on Friday.
Police sources said it’s not clear where the theft occurred. but a case has been started. “We are investigating the matter,” said an officer.