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Maharashtra’s DGP appointment quashed

The Central Administrative Tribunal quashed the appointment of AN Roy as Maharashtra’s Director General of Police on the ground that he had superseded three IPS officers, reports Sunil Shivdasani.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2008 23:34 IST
Sunil Shivdasani

The Central Administrative Tribunal on Wednesday quashed the appointment of AN Roy as Maharashtra’s Director General of Police on the ground that he had superseded three IPS officers.

A division bench of CAT ruled that the state government was bound to consider the three officers — S.S. Virk, J.D. Virkar and Suprakash Chakravarti — who were senior to Roy, a 1974 batch officer, for the DGP’s post.

“The whole process of selection and appointment of Roy is untenable in law and on facts,” said bench members Sudhakar Mishra and Jog Singh.

The bench directed the state to hold a review selection process/department promotion committee within a month by taking into consideration the three senior officers who were eligible as on February 29 this year and taking a fresh decision to appoint one of them as the DGP.

Until then, the four incumbents may be continued in their respective posts, the bench ruled.

In another development, the Bombay High Court, hearing a PIL filed by journalist R.R. Tripathi on same issue, dismissed it, holding that it was not a subject fit for PIL.

Chakravarti, Director General (Home), had filed an application before the tribunal challenging Roy’s appointment on March 1 before the CAT.

He contended that as per Supreme Court’s directions in earlier judgment, the three senior-most officers should have been considered for state DGP post, and Roy being junior to Chakravarti (1972), Virk (1970) or Virkar (1972), should not have been considered.

As per the CAT’s order, state erred in not considering Virk among the three senior-most officers.

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