UPSC, Punjab Government Issued Notice By Central Administrative Tribunal Over DGP AppointmentPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chandigarh bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has issued notices to Punjab government, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), state director general of police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta, former DGP Suresh Arora and others seeking their reply on petitions challenging the appointment of the state police chief , reports Times of India.

The petition has been filed by DGP-rank officer Siddharth Chattopadhyaya. He is the second senior Punjab police officer to have opposed Gupta’s appointment. Prior to him, another DGP-rank officer Mohammad Mustafa had filed a petition against the decision.

According to the report, CAT has sought the reply by 27 March and arguments on the matter will take place on 5 April.

Chattopadhyaya, in his petition, has urged the CAT to summon the entire proceedings of the UPSC meeting. He reportedly claimed that former DGP Arora had vested interest in Gupta’s appointments as names of both surfaced in a report filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

He has requested the CAT to summon Gupta’s records regarding his repatriation to Punjab from the Intelligence Bureau in 2012. The tribunal has also been requested by Chattopadhyaya to quash the 7 February order appointing Gupta as Punjab’s DGP.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement