West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday defended Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who recently came under scrutiny after skipping a meeting with the Election Commission of India (ECI) and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in the “worst kind of political vendetta”.
The ECI had on Thursday conducted a meeting with senior officials to review poll preparedness in the state. However, Kumar missed the meeting.
The 1989-batch IPS officer, who has been serving as Kolkata’s police commissioner since January 2016, has also reportedly not responded summons from the CBI in connection with their probes into the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams.
However, Mamata hailed Kumar as one among the “best in the world”.
In a separate tweet, the TMC supremo alleged that the BJP was misusing power in an attempt to hijack police forces.
Her remarks come days after the BJP reportedly called on the ECI to declare West Bengal a ‘vulnerable’ state, citing toppled law and order in the state in the recent past.