Director General of Police S.S. Virk failed to get respite from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Thursday after the tribunal refused to extend his tenure by two years.
The tribunal has asked the Maharashtra government to take a decision on the matter by October 31.
Judge Sudhakar Mishra of CAT refused to grant an interim relief to Virk’s application and kept the matter for final hearing on November 4.
Virk had approached the CAT in July seeking extension of his tenure by two years as per the directives of the Supreme Court judgment in Prakash Singh’s case.
Judge Mishra directed the government to decide on extending Virk’s tenure by October 30. The three months extension granted to Virk is due to expire on October 31.
Maharashtra government opposed Virk’s application and S.U. Kamdar, senior advocate and special counsel for the government said, “Government has already formed the Thomas committee to study the issue and once a committee is formed, CAT cannot interfere.”
Virk’s counsel Sandeep Marne said, “The matter will be finally heard and decided on November 4.”
Virk was appointed as DGP in March this year after the Bombay High Court set aside appointment of Anami Roy. In April 2007, Virk was suspended from the post of DGP, Punjab, following corruption allegations. The CAT had however last year set aside Virk's suspension following which he asked to be considered for the post of DGP, Maharashtra.