IN FACE of the Supreme Court’s February 10 deadline, the State Government is likely to issue orders for tenure fixation of police officers from DSP to DGP ranks, besides constitution of a Police Establishment Board soon.
The SC had in its interim order recommended that state governments see to it that officers from DGP to DSP ranks have fixed tenure. They could be removed before end of the term only if a committee constituted to decide on the matter approved it.
The Police Establishment Board headed by DGP will look into transfers and postings of police officials from the rank of DSP downwards.
The apex court in its January 11 order had asked states to implement these three recommendations within a month. They are part of the Soli Sorabji committee report approved by the court.
For implementing other recommendations of the committee, the Supreme Court’s deadline is March 31, 2007. “The State is left with no option but to issue orders before expiry of the Supreme Court’s deadline,” admitted Home department sources.
The State is gearing up to introduce a Police Act to incorporate the recommendations. However, there are several points of disagreement. A draft to this effect is already on the anvil.
A Cabinet sub-committee was formed on Monday for the purpose. Top police officers discussed the draft proposals at the PHQ on Tuesday in DGP AR Pawar’s presence. The draft bill after approval by the Cabinet will be placed before the Assembly.
The IPS lobby suspects that IAS lobby is out to influence the draft proposals in such a way that authority of the police is weakened further.