Calcutta, Feb. 1: Malda superintendent of police Jayanta Pal was transferred today following a recommendation from the Election Commission (EC) for allegedly failing to implement the model code of conduct.
Sources in the EC said Pal was removed following a report from district magistrate Archana mentioning that the police failed to stop a book fair, organised by a committee including at least one political leader, even after the model code of conduct came into effect.
The model code came into effect on January 11 in the Englishbazar Assembly segment, where a bypoll will be held on February 23.
The Telegraph has learnt that the book fair, organised on the Malda College grounds, was inaugurated on January 16 despite a notification from the DM's office declaring that the event could not be held.
The Trinamul Youth Congress president of Malda, Amlan Bhaduri, is the joint secretary of the book fair committee. Trinamul sources, however, claimed Bhaduri resigned from the book fair post after the declaration of the bypoll.
"According to the DM's complaint, the district officials had tried to stop the fair from being inaugurated and had sought the police's help. But the police allegedly escorted some of the fair organisers to the venue," a senior EC official said.
Malda police chief Pal said: "Yes, I have received the transfer order and will leave tomorrow after handing over charge."