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Hearing in Supreme Court on transfer of officer waiting for PM Modi, Center has applied

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The Supreme Court on Monday extended till November 22 the Central Government’s appeal against the order of the Calcutta High Court setting aside the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on the transfer of former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. After a brief hearing, a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar posted the matter for next Monday.

The central government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Calcutta High Court on October 29, setting aside the CAT’s decision to uphold the transfer of the case from Bengal to New Delhi. . The Center claimed that the High Court was not empowered to pass an order saying that the action took place outside Bengal in New Delhi.

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In the petition, the Center said that the challenge of the CAT order would be presented before the Delhi High Court and not the Calcutta High Court. Bandyopadhyay was serving as chief secretary in May 2021, when the Center decided to curtail his tenure with the West Bengal government and asked him to report in New Delhi. Bandyopadhyay had retired on May 31. Three days before this, the Center had started an investigation against him for not attending the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 May 2021 to assess the loss of life and property due to cyclonic storm Yas.

Bandyopadhyay moved the Kolkata bench of CAT challenging the investigation. The Center then moved the principal bench to transfer the matter here and on October 22, the transfer petition was passed allowing the order. Bandyopadhyay moved the Calcutta High Court against the CAT order. The High Court took strong objection to keeping Bandyopadhyay’s transfer power with the Center and quashed the CAT order. Now the Center has approached the apex court against the order of the High Court.

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