The officers on extension have come under the scanner of the Punjab government's new ruling, according to which those who have pending criminal/vigilance cases or departmental proceedings against them will not be considered for extension.
After the new ruling, the UT police have also decided to review all extension cases to see how many cops have availed two-year extension after the age of 58 and are facing inquiries. This new ruling has been a talk of the town among cops' circles.
Sources say in some cases, police officers had used discretion to accommodate their closed ones to get them the extension.
UT police inspector Tarsem Singh Rana had even approached the Punjab and Haryana high court when the department had declined him the extension, citing he was booked in a criminal case by the Panchkula police and probe was under progress.
While approaching the high court, Rana had stated inspectors Kuldeep Singh and Anokh Singh were already availing of two-year extension despite facing departmental inquiries.
However later, Rana was issued dismissal notice after he was found guilty in the departmental inquiry.
When contacted, Rana said he did not want to comment on his case as some senior officials of the UT police were looking into the matter.
Meanwhile, UT director inspector general AS Cheema said a committee would be formed and all names would be reviewed. Cops who are facing departmental or any other inquiry should not be considered for extension. He added all such cases would be passed by a committee.
Though the police department claims the reason they have been reviewing all extensions cases is the Punjab's new ruling, it has been learnt since Rana had approached the HC against the department for adopting pick-and-choose policy while giving extension, they were reviewing all cases. However, senior officials say the new ruling has been introduced this year.