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SC order: Countdown for new DGP begins

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 01:34 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
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WITH THE State Government preparing to implement the seven-point Supreme Court directives in the police department, the countdown for the appointment of a new director general of police (DGP) in place of Bua Singh has begun.

The apex court had directed the state governments in September last to appoint the Director General of Police from a panel of three ‘senior most’ IPS officers empanelled by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Earlier, the Union Home Ministry used to empanel the IPS officers.

In UP, there are 11 officers of DG rank but only two DGs — CB Satpathy and DP Sinha (both 1972 batch) —are empanelled as DG at the Centre. But they are not  ‘senior-most officers’ as per court directive. “With clear-cut court directives in connection with the director general of police’s appointment, the state government doesn’t have any escape route,” commented a director general  level officer.

While four senior most officers — director (CBI) Vijay Shankar (1969), DG BSF AK Mitra, special director (IB) Ranjit K Das (both 1970) and DG SSB Tilak Kak (1971) are unlikely to opt for UP police top job, the Union Public Service Commission would have to empanel three officers for selection of the new DGP from the present lot of 11 DGs. 

Three senior most of them are DG Homeguards VKB Nair (1971), director (Vigilance) GL Sharma and chairman/Managing Director, Police Housing Corporation, Yashpal Singh (both 1972). Nair and Yashpal had earlier served as director general of police.

The apex court had directed the state government that “the DGP shall be selected by the state government from amongst three senior most officers of the department who have been empanelled for promotion to that rank by the UPSC on the basis of their length of service, very good record and range of experience for heading the police force. And once he has been selected for the job, he should have minimum tenure of at least two years irrespective of his date of superannuation”.

The court has directed that the seven-point directives “shall be complied with by the central, state or Union territories on or before December 31, 2006”. The chief secretary has been directed to file affidavit of compliance by January 3, 2007.

Highly placed sources said the state government had planned to send a list of at least half a dozen Director General level officers to the UPSC for their empanelment and preparation of a panel of three officers. Sources said service record of 15 years would be taken into consideration for empanelment as DG.

The state government then would have the liberty to appoint one of the three empanelled officers as the next DGP.mhasan@hindustantimes.com

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