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Sacked UP cops back to work

lucknow Updated: May 26, 2009 22:42 IST
HT Correspondent

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday issued provisional letters of appointment to the 18,500 police constables it had dismissed from service in 2007. This follows the refusal of the Supreme Court to stay an order of the Allahabad High Court to that effect.

Addressing the media, Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary Javed Ahmad said the government had decided to reappoint the dismissed constables in accordance with the directives of the apex court. “We are in process of issuing appointment letters to them,” he said. “The process will be completed tonight.”

The dismissed constables had filed a contempt of court petition against the state government in the High Court over the delay in the issue of their letters of reinstatement. The contempt petition is due to be heard on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court had, on Monday, dismissed the state government’s plea to stay the contempt proceedings, but ruled that the appointments would be subject to its final verdict on the matter. The matter will come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on July 8.

The case has become a political hot potato in UP. The constables, appointed by the then Mulayam Singh Yadav regime in 2007 were dismissed en masse by Mayawati, who succeeded him as chief minister.

But gloom in Noor’s family

Supreme Court's recent directive to the UP government on constables provisional appointment is like a dream come true for the 22,000 policemen and their families. But there is a pall of gloom in Noor Mohammed's family in Kanpur.

“Had Noor been alive he too would be extremely happy with the court's order. We too would have celebrated this long awaited triumph,” said a tearful Naseeruddin, Noor's old father.

Noor Mohammed (25) from Alanganj was recruited as a constable and posted at Etawah in 2005. But the change in the state's government followed by sacking turned his life upside down.

Apparently dejected over being sacked by BSP rule and unable to make his ends meet even after constant efforts, Noor allegedly committed suicide leaving behind his old and ailing parents.

(With PTI inputs)