Herald: SC refuses to interfere with appointment of acting DGP in J&K

SC refuses to interfere with appointment of acting DGP in J&K

12 Sep 2018 06:07am IST
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12 Sep 2018 06:07am IST

PTI, NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to interfere with the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to appoint an acting Director General of Police last week.

The SC was hearing a plea by the state government which has sought modification of the top court's order mandating that an acting police chief cannot be appointed and a regular DGP has to be appointed in consultation with the UPSC.

The state government had on September 6 appointed Dilbagh Singh as the acting police chief, replacing S P Vaid who was posted as the transport commissioner.

During the hearing today, Jammu and Kashmir government told the court that the appointment of acting DGP was an interim measure and the decision was taken in the wake of peculiar circumstances and the law and order situation.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to Centre and sought the Attorney General's assistance on the issue. Attorney General K K Venugopal, who was present in the courtroom, said the prohibition of appointing an acting DGP was introduced to prevent misuse of the two-year fixed tenure given in an earlier verdict of the apex court.

He claimed that several states were making appointments of DGPs on acting basis and confirming them on the eve of superannuation.

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