Kolkata  5 December: The Election Commission (EC) has cleared the name of Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) CEO, Mr Sharad Dwivedi, for appointment as the new district magistrate of Malda.
Mr Dwivedi has been selected from a panel of three IAS officers that the state government had forwarded to the EC on 3 December; the two other officers were the project director of Kolkata Environment Improvement Project Ms Smita Pandey and the additional secretary in state home department Mr Dinabandhu Bhattacharya. 
This was after the Siliguri police on 30 November arrested the serving Malda DM Mr Godala Kiran Kumar, in connection with a multi-crore scam in SJDA.        SNS