Didiís silence

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Didi's silence

Quick to criticise and oppose every decision of the union government, especially after her party pulled out from the UPA, Mamata Banerjee has been surprisingly silent on the appointment of new CBI director Ranjit Sinha, though the BJP has been making a lot of noise about it. Sinha was the director general of RPF when Banerjee became the Railway Minister after the 2009 elections. They hardly got along with each other, especially after Sinha objected to the use of RPF personnel by Banerjee for her personal security. Banerjee used RPF to guard her during her party's campaign in the West Bengal state elections, and she retained some staff even after she ceased to be the Railway Minister and moved to Kolkata as chief minister. RPF neither has the legal mandate nor the expertise to provide personal security, something that was conveyed to Banerjee by the Home Ministry as well. The temperamental Banerjee, however, took it out on Sinha, and before she moved to the state from the Centre, she ensured that Sinha was replaced by a relatively junior officer, P K Mehta, who superceded as many as 28 officers to become the DG of RPF. That had left Sinha without a job for several months.

Official Misbehaviour

A drunken brawl between two senior officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has brought a lot of embarrassment for the elite counter-terror agency. The two officers involved, DSP Sanjay Singhania and DSP D R Singh, were in Jammu and Kashmir on an assignment recently when they got drunk and engaged in fisticuffs which is learnt to have resulted in injuries to both. Incidentally, they have worked together on the Delhi High Court blast case earlier. Singhania, who came to the NIA on deputation from BSF, has been noticed for his bad behaviour on earlier occasions too. Last year, he was engaged in an accident in Defence Colony while driving an NIA vehicle. A red-faced NIA has ordered an inquiry into the latest incident and sought an explanation from the two officers.

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