Bihar, Punjab take DGP issue to SC

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the pleas of Bihar and Punjab seeking modification of an earlier order directing the States to mandatorily take assistance of the Union Public Service Commission in shortlisting names for appointing Director General of Police (DGP).
  • The apex court, on September 8 last year, had agreed to hear a clutch of pleas observing that its historic 2006 verdict on police reforms, recommending steps like fixed tenures for DGPs and SPs, has not yet been implemented by States and Union territories.
  • While deciding the PIL filed by two former DGPs Prakash Singh and N.K. Singh in 2006, had issued several directions, including setting up of a State Security Commission, to ensure that the government does not exercise unwarranted influence on the police.
  • It had said the appointment of DGPs and police officers should be merit-based and transparent and officers like DGPs and Superintendents of Police should have a minimum fixed tenure of two years.
  • The top court, on July 3 this year, passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and chronicled the steps for appointment of regular DGPs.
  • It stated that the States will have to send a list of senior police officers to the UPSC at least three months prior to the retirement of the incumbent.
  • The commission will then prepare a panel and intimate to the States, which in turn will immediately appoint one of the persons from that list.
  •  The July 3 order needed to be modified as they have already come out with State laws to deal with the issue of appointment of DGP.
Bihar, Punjab take DGP issue to SC Bihar, Punjab take DGP issue to SC Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on December 03, 2018 Rating: 5

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