IPS officer Gyanwant Singh summoned by CBI in coal smuggling case

He is director of security, West Bengal Police.

Senior IPS officer Gyanwant Singh, director of security in West Bengal Police, has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the coal smuggling case in the state. The CBI is learnt to have written to the Director-General of state police on this. Singh was asked to be present at the CBI’s Nizam Palace office in Kolkata on Tuesday, May 4.

Singh was earlier posted as Additional Director General (ADG-law and order) of the state police, but prior to the announcement of the Assembly elections, the Mamata Banerjee government transferred him out. There were talks that the move was made because prior to the Lok Sabha polls, Singh had been transferred by the EC and it was feared by the ruling government that the same may be followed this time.

The senior IPS officer was later appointed the director of security after Banerjee met with an accident in Nandigram during an election rally on March 10, and Vivek Sahay, who was then in charge, was transferred from the position.

The CBI has been investigating the coal smuggling case and several police officers have already been questioned in this connection.

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