The central government has issued a notification changing rules concerning suspension of senior government officials and police officers.
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) recently issued the notification saying prior permission from the central government will have to be taken before suspending a chief secretary, director general of police and the principal chief conservator of forests.
The notification also stated that the officer would have to be served the charge sheet within 45 days of his suspension or the suspension would be revoked automatically.
“Earlier, the period for serving the charge sheet was 90 days from the date of suspension,” said advocate Sandeep Marne.
Within 45 days of suspension, the reasons will have to be recorded in writing, or proceedings will have to be initiated or the government will have to pass an order confirming the suspension, the notification added.
The suspension of former director general of police S.S. Virk by the Punjab government in February 2008, while he was on deputation there, allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income had raised the question whether he could be suspended without permission from the Maharashtra government or the Centre.
Virk, a 1970-batch IPS officer from the Maharashtra cadre, was deputed to Punjab to tackle terrorism there for 22 years.
“After this notification, officials cannot be suspended without the central government’s permission. This will ensure that no officers are targeted for personal reasons,” said Marne.