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Arrested Indian district magistrate gets bail

Publication Date : 02-12-2013


The outgoing Siliguri metropolitan police commissioner K Jayaraman, who was removed from his post immediately after the arrest of Malda district magistrate (DM) Godala Kiran Kumar and the decision to remand him in police custody yesterday, today insisted he had done the right thing.

The Siliguri court granted the bail plea of Kumar during the day. He was produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate A H M Rahman.

The court accepted the bail plea moved by defence lawyers and granted bail with Rs 5,000 (US$80) bail bond. He would be produced in the court on 14 Jan2014.

The DM had been arrested in connection with alleged SJDA funds embezzlement.

“Whatever I did, it is only in the interest of the people. I have done in a belief that whatever I have done is right. If necessary, I will explain my stand, “Jayaraman said on the sidelines of his farewell programme organised by the police officers at Siliguri Police Commissionerate during the day.

Asked to comment on the controversy over the arrest of Kumar, Jayraman said the transfer was a routine affair but in this case it happened on a specific issue.

“I have been sent on compulsory waiting. I would report to the police directorate tomorrow. However, I do not have any regrets, “he added.

He declined comment on the statements of the  chief secretary Sanjay Mitra on Kumar’s arrest yesterday. He ruled out any outside interference during the investigation of the SJDA case.

Jayaraman also said he wanted to remain with the Bengal IPS cadre. “IPS officers go on Central deputation. Even If I go I will return to Bengal and would remain with Bengal cadre,” he said.

He also wished that the SJDA case investigation is  carried out properly. Some police officers got emotional during the farewell. They also stopped Jayraman's car for some time as a symbolic gesture when he was leaving the office. It is a rare symbolic gesture of police to stop the vehicle of a senior police officer for whom his subordinates have high regard. Earlier a similar gesture was shown to ex-sp A K Maliwal in Darjeeling in 1995.



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