Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 8:
Ending all speculation, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeeb Marik has cancelled his 10-day leave that had already been sanctioned by the Home department and joined work today.
“I had applied for leave to visit my mother who lives in my native village. It had been sanctioned. But I decided to cancel the leave due to the developments that have taken place since May 30,” Marik told the media today.
Though he did not spell it out in as many words. it was clear that he was referring to the burglary at the house of former High Court judge Justice PK Mohanty, which took place on May 30, while talking about ‘developments.
Chief Minister Naveen Ppatnaik, it may be noted, had summoned him on and chided him for the failure of the police to arrest the culprits, two days after the High Court took the Odisha government to task for its failure to arrest the deterioration in the law and order situation in the state.
It may be mentioned that the Home department had sanctioned the leave of Marik from June 7 to 17 and appointed Crime Branch ADG BK Sharma as the acting DGP in his absence as per rules.
However, a day before his leave, the DGP was found working at the state headquarters on Saturday. Besides, he also attended a review meeting of the Home department at the State Secretariat here.
He also informed that he might attend a high level meeting of the Home department on June 11.
Marik had earlier availed a five-day leave on May 13 last month to appear in the Law examinations. However, he joined his duty two days before the expiry of his leave after the news was flashed in the media.
Meanwhile, the ongoing tussle between the DGP and Twin City police commissioner RP Sharma has provided fodder for some animated discussion in bureaucratic circles here.
Sources said the state police headquarters, without the knowledge of the police commissioner, has issued show cause notices to the IICs of Capital Police Station and Jatni Police Station, both of which come under the jurisdiction of the commissionerate police, to reply within 15 days why they were not listening to the grievances of the people.
Sources said the letter has triggered resentment among senior police officials.
However, there is no response from the chief minister, who also doubles up as the Home minister, till date.
Though the chief minister was earlier apprised of the of the interference of the DGP in the affairs of commissionerate police, he has not take any efforts to find a solution to the ongoing row.