"Yes, the Chief Secretary has written to the Commission urging it to reconsider its decision regarding removal of the officers,” a highly placed source said.

He said the Chief Secretary has in his letter also pointed out that the transfers were made and their replacements in the vacancies were done without consulting the state government.

The Election Commission had on Monday ordered removal of five SPs, a District Magistrate and two ADMs following complaints against them.

It had also named the officers, who are to replace the incumbent SPs, the DM and ADMs.

Addressing an election rally, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Monday taken serious exception to the transfers and said she was not going to accept the order.
“I will not remove a single officer. Let the Commission do it. The transfers were made without consulting the state government. I heard that the five SPs have been given transfer orders. Without even asking the state, the (new) names have also been decided,” she had said.


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