Newly appointed acting DGP of J&K shall continue in office, says SC

Newly appointed acting DGP of J&K shall continue in office, says SC
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Srinagar: Supreme Court on Thursday said that newly appointed acting DGP of Jammu and Kashmir shall continue in office, PTI reported on Thursday.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra said acting DGP Dilbag Singh, who replaced S P Vaid, shall continue to operate and asked the UPSC to take a decision within four weeks on suitability of senior police officers who can be appointed as police chief in the state.

As per the apex court’s verdict, the state government has to give a list of senior police officers to UPSC to check their suitability and shortlist three names from the list

Dilbag Singh took over as the Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir on September 7.

He succeeded Dr. S.P Vaid who passed on the baton to Dilbag Singh after later was transferred.

The Supreme Court had earlier on September 11 sought the Attorney General’s assistance on a plea by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, seeking sanction for its decision to appoint Dilbagh Singh as acting DGP.

The state had approached the court, seeking exemption for itself from the guidelines regarding tenure of a DGP as laid down by the apex court in the 2006 Prakash Singh case. The apex court had, in that case, issued a slew or directions, including one that says there cannot be any acting DGP for any state and also made it mandatory for states to send a list of three seniormost IPS officers to the UPSC for clearance before appointing the DGP.

The J&K administration on September 6 appointed Singh as acting police chief, replacing S P Vaid who was posted as transport commissioner, without following this procedure.