HS-IGP standoff: No rules violated, asserts Kumar
UT INSPECTOR General of Police Rajesh Kumar has said he violated no rules by issuing the posting orders of SSPs and SPs.Updated: Sep 11, 2003 19:59 IST
UT INSPECTOR General of Police Rajesh Kumar has said he violated no rules by issuing the posting orders of SSPs and SPs.
Breaking his silence on the reported standoff with the Home Secretary on the re-allocation of charges to police officers, Kumar, talking to Hindustan Times today, said he didn't find it necessary to check the rules. “It was just a re-allocation of work to my subordinates. These are the officers who work with me. I think I am fully empowered to do what I did,” he said, adding, “I consulted no rule book.”
The postings of the police officers without consulting the UT Administration had stirred a controversy, with Home Secretary R.S. Gujral putting it down in writing to the UT Adviser that the IGP had issued the orders in violation of the rules. Adviser Virender Singh has already referred the matter to the UT Legal Remembrancer for an opinion. Through the IGP's orders issued a few weeks back, SSP (Headquarters) V.S. Chahal was given the charge of Police Lines and Economic Offences Wing, held previously by SSP Gaurav Yadav and SP (Operations) H.G.S. Dhaliwal, respectively.
The IGP added: “There is no problem between the officials at any level. The way the issue has been projected, I would call it a mischief.”
As stated earlier, the Home Secretary had pointed out that orders at this level are supposed to be issued by the Home Secretary after obtaining the approval of the Adviser. There is a clear provision in the Punjab Police Rules to this effect, it was added. In the past too, the IGP at the most would recommend the proposal to the Home Secretary.
First Published: Sep 11, 2003 19:59 IST