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Hunt for top cop, again

india Updated: Feb 06, 2009 00:51 IST
Urvi Mahajani

It’s back to square one — four contenders, one top coppost.

Suprakash Chakravarty, director general of Anti-Corruption Bureau, was the fist to challenge Anami Narayan Roy’s appointment as Director General of Police.

He had alleged that Roy had surpassed three other senior officers in the state.

Chakravarty, a 1972 batch Indian Police Service officer from Patna, had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in August last year seeking Roy’s appointment be quashed. After arguments on October 8, CAT quashed Roy’s appointment terming it arbitrary.

Immediately after the order, the state government and Roy approached the high court challenging the order.

Roy’s petition had said that S.S. Virk, former Punjab DGP and currently DG (Housing) and senior-most IPS officer in state, was ineligible for the post as he had a case pending against him in a Chandigarh court. Also, at the time of appointing a new DGP in February 2008, Virk was under suspension.

The high court did not stay the order but allowed Roy to continue as the DGP till the next date of hearing. Eventually, the high court extended Roy’s continuation till the final judgment.

Roy’s petition had also said his appointment was logical as he could hold office for two years — Virkar and Chakravarty are due to retire in June and July respectively.

He added that when the three officers were on the “same footing” in terms of merit — the age, and service tenure left, became a criterion.

On Thursday, the high court set aside Roy’s appointment stating: “The entire decision-making process and decision has been taken with undue haste and not in conformity with the accepted administrative norms.”

The court also observed: “The order is so cryptic that it does not even say as to how the appointing authority in the state government came to the conclusion that AN Roy is the most appropriate and befitting person to hold the post of Director General and Inspector General of Police of the state.”