Pun­jab DGP ap­point­ment: Mustafa seeks HC hear­ing

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice (IPS) of­fi­cer Mo­ham­mad Mustafa, who had chal­lenged ap­point­ment of Pun­jab di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) Dinkar Gupta, has filed a plea seek­ing hear­ing from Pun­jab and Haryana high court.

His ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing hear­ing on al­lot­ted date of July 2, was taken up by high court bench of jus­tice S Mu­ralid­har, which or­dered hear­ing on the al­lot­ted date by the bench con­cerned.

It is learnt that the plea has been filed in view of Mustafa’s zone of con­sid­er­a­tion pe­riod for the post is com­ing to an end in Au­gust. He re­tires next year. Due to Covid-19 out­break, only those pend­ing cases are be­ing taken up, where ur­gency is cited by a party, rest are be­ing ad­journed.

It was in Jan­uary that the high court had stayed Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (CAT) or­der that quashed ap­point­ment of Dinkar Gupta as Pun­jab po­lice chief.

Be­sides, Mo­ham­mad Mustafa, an­other of­fi­cer Sid­dharth Chat­topad­hyaya, too, had chal­lenged the ap­point­ment.

A 1987-batch In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice of­fi­cer, Gupta had su­per­seded five se­nior of­fi­cers for the post of the po­lice chief on Fe­bru­ary 7, 2019.

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