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TMC confidant Saket Gokhale’s plea to initiate contempt of court against Tripura CM declined by AG

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Agartala: The Advocate General Siddhartha Shankar Dey has declined to initiate proceedings in the High Court of Tripura against the chief minister for his comments at the biennial conference of the Tripura Civil Service Officers Association.

In an application written by Saket S. Gokhale, an RTI activist, the advocate general was requested to initiate proceedings in the High Court against CM for his comments claiming they were “scandalous” and aimed at lowering the authority of the judiciary.

Gokhale in his letter said that the CM undermined the judiciary by saying he would order the police to disobey orders of the judiciary if required, citing CM remak, where he asked officials to work for the interest of people without worrying for contempt of court.

“No person, including the Chief Minister of a state, is above the law. The orders of the judiciary apply to every person equally and the publicly stated intention of the accused, who is also the Chief Minister of Tripura, to defy the orders of the judiciary is a direct attack on the justice system”, Gokhale had written in his letter to the advocate general on Monday.

In response to the letter, advocate general in his reply has said, “Neither the source of the 3 (three) comments attributed to the chief minister, Tripura has been revealed nor authenticity thereof or for that matter any statement made in the Application has been owned or verified in any manner so as to be acted upon.”

He further said that the contents of media reports in this connection has already been publicly refuted by the Chief Minister, in Facebook, print copy which was also submitted for perusal of Chief Justice, Tripura High Court on September 27.

“Under the aforesaid circumstances, sanction under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, as sought for, is declined,” the advocate general replied.

It is worthy to mention that although Saket Gokhale made the application on an individual level, the mail having signature and a poster of the Trinamool Congress party sticker made it quite clear that it was part of TMC’s conspiracy to surround the CM by misinterpreting his statement.

Earlier, the TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee tweeted a small clip and claimed his statement to be disgrace to democracy and sought action against him.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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