UPSC to Ap­point DGPs

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The Chief Min­is­ter is the most pow­er­ful per­son in any state be­cause he has com­plete con­trol over ap­point­ment of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice and other po­lice per­son­nel. But this con­trol has been punc­tured by the Supreme Court. The apex court has passed a slew of di­rec­tions on po­lice re­forms and or­dered all States and Union Ter­ri­to­ries to not ap­point any po­lice of­fi­cer as act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP). A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra also di­rected all States to send the names of se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers to the Union Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (UPSC) to be ap­pointed as DGPs or Po­lice Com­mis­sion­ers as the case may be. The UPSC, in turn, will pre­pare a list of three most suit­able of­fi­cers and the States will then be free to ap­point one of them as po­lice chief. The di­rec­tions came on a plea of the Cen­tre seek­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the judge­ment ren­dered in the Prakash Singh case on po­lice re­forms. BJP leader Ash­wini Ku­mar Upad­hyay had sought ur­gent hear­ing on his in­terim plea say­ing the di­rec­tions passed by the 2006 ver­dict have not been im­ple­mented by au­thor­i­ties con­cerned. The Supreme Court had or­dered set­ting up of a Po­lice Es­tab­lish­ment Board to de­cide and make rec­om­men­da­tions on trans­fers, post­ings, pro­mo­tions and other ser­vice-re­lated mat­ters of po­lice of­fi­cers of and be­low the rank of DSPs; a Po­lice Com­plaints Au­thor­ity in each State to look into com­plaints against of­fi­cers of and above the rank of SP; and a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sion at the Union level to pre­pare a panel for se­lec­tion and place­ment of chiefs of the Cen­tral Po­lice Or­gan­i­sa­tions with a min­i­mum ten­ure of two years. Chief Min­is­ters should be ready for an­other on­slaught as con­tempt pleas al­leg­ing non-im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese di­rec­tions are still pend­ing. Prakash Singh, a for­mer DGP of UP, has been clam­our­ing for po­lice re­forms for a long time. He is con­sid­ered to be close to Ra­j­nath Singh. This judge­ment will have far reach­ing im­pact on the fed­eral man­age­ment of states and in the 2019 elec­tions. Read be­tween the lines.

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