SC asks UPSC secretary to appear in court, inform whether panel formed for DGP selection

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the UPSC secretary to personally appear and inform the court if the commission prepares a panel of senior IPS officers for director general of police (DGP) appointments by state governments.
SC asks UPSC secretary to appear in court, inform whether panel formed for DGP selection
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the UPSC secretary to personally appear and inform the court if the commission prepares a panel of senior IPS officers for director general of police (DGP) appointments by state governments.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi sought the presence of the Union Public Service Commission secretary at 10.30 am on Wednesday to ascertain whether the commission makes a panel of senior police officers who are considered for appointment as DGPs.

The direction came after lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the lists of senior IPS officers are not prepared by the UPSC but by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The apex court was hearing applications of various state governments, including Punjab, Haryana and Bihar, seeking to implement their local laws regarding selection and appointment of DGP. The apex court had on December 12 last year, extended till January 31 the tenures of present DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and agreed to hear the states' pleas seeking to implement their local laws regarding selection and appointment of the police chief.

DGPs — Suresh Arora (Punjab) and B S Sandhu (Haryana) — were due to retire on December 31 last year and now they will remain in office till January 31 as per the earlier order of the apex court. Several states are seeking modification of the apex court's earlier order directing all the states to mandatorily take the assistance of the UPSC in short-listing the names for appointing DGPs.

The top court, on July 3 last year, had passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and chronicled the steps for appointment of regular DGPs. 

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