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Chandigarh police watchdog gets new chairperson  

The UT Police Complaints Authority was lying defunct from July 2017 to February 2017

punjab Updated: Oct 27, 2017 12:31 IST
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Justice Darshan Singh (retd)
Justice Darshan Singh (retd)

Justice Darshan Singh (retd) has been appointed the chairman of UT Police Complaints Authority. 

Justice Singh, who retired from the Punjab and Haryana high court in July this year, will succeed Justice Mahavir Singh Chauhan (retd), who resigned on September 1 to join the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) at Chandimandir. 

Justice Singh is known for convicting former Punjab director general of police KPS Gill for outraging the modesty of a senior Punjab IAS officer in 1996. He was posted as the UT chief judicial magistrate at that time. The three-month imprisonment was upheld by the Supreme Court, which awarded Gill one-year probation. Justice Singh was elevated as an additional judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court in September 2014.

The Police Complaints Authority was set up in 2010 for redressing grievances of residents against police officials pertaining to death in police custody, causing grievous hurt, rape or attempt to commit rape, arrest or detention without due process of law, extortion, land grab or any other serious abuse of authority. 

The authority was lying defunct from July 2015 to February 2017 after former UT adviser Pradip Mehra’s appointment was quashed, as it was against the Supreme Court guidelines on appointee being a retired judge.