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Yashpal-time act set to rock police dept

THE OUT-OF-TURN promotions in the Police Department during the regime of Yashpal Singh have snowballed into major controversy. While the issue, which allegedly has all the potential of a major scam, is under the consideration of the State Government, the anti-Singh lobby has been making efforts to ensure a thorough probe into the matter. Sources told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that from Janaury 1 to April 3, 2006, the day Singh handed over the charge to new DGP Bua Singh, 63 out-of-turn promotions were given .

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 01:22 IST
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Controversy over 63 out-of-turn promotions

THE OUT-OF-TURN promotions in the Police Department during the regime of Yashpal Singh have snowballed into major controversy. While the issue, which allegedly has all the potential of a major scam, is under the consideration of the State Government, the anti-Singh lobby has been making efforts to ensure a thorough probe into the matter.

Sources told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that from Janaury 1 to April 3, 2006, the day Singh handed over the charge to new DGP Bua Singh, 63 out-of-turn promotions were given. “It is just unprecedented,” commented a senior IPS officer. According to rule, of the total existing vacancies in a category in a year only two percent out-of-turn promotion could be given. But in this case 63 promotions had been given just in three months. “Sudden appearance of such a large number of meritorious cops in three months indicated fishy deals,” the officer alleged. Interestingly in one single lot, 18 cops were promoted in the last week of February. Similarly, in last week of March around six cops were benefited. Even the day Singh handed over the charge, one person was promoted.

Though the DGP headquarters had a screening committee headed by Additional Director General (law and order), it was reportedly ineffective as there were several restrictions on its functioning. The committee, which had no legal status, had been constituted just to lessen the burden of the DGP. But “the final say was that of the DGP”, said one of the members of the committee.

The out-of-turn promotion system started in early 1990s. Sources said even during 18-month regime of VKB Nair as DGP in 2003-05, when the committee was headed by Bua Singh, there were not more than a dozen out-of-turn promotions. Even a few cases were then sent back to the government as they were beyond the two percent limit. The government had then slackened the rule to clear the cases.

While such promotions are routed through the police headquarters Allahabad, sources alleged that during Singh’s period the DGP office also entertained the cases directly and then “sought report from police headquarters”. It is learnt that a row had erupted between the DGP Singh and the then ADG (headquarters) SK Rizvi on the issue.

First Published: Apr 27, 2006 01:22 IST