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Senior IPS Officer Approaches SC Against Punjab & Haryana HC's Order Challenging DGP's Appointment

Lawstreet Journal 4 Feb 2020 4:32am

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Mr. Mustafa, a 1985-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer was aggrieved by the Punjab & Haryana High Court staying the order of the Chandigarh Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) setting aside the Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta's appointment as Punjab Police chief, Senior IPS officer Mohammad Mustafa has now approached the Supreme Court. In his plea, Mustafa has mainly questioned the "long date" given by the HC for hearing the appeal against the CAT order.

The petition stresses on the fact that he is due to retire in February 2021, and as per the Supreme Court judgment of Prakash Singh & Ors vs Union Of India And Ors dated 22 September, 2006, the candidate that is to be selected as Director General of Police (DGP) should have a minimum residual tenure of 6 months and not be on the verge of retirement.

Advocate Ejaz Maqbool, who filed the plea on the officer's behalf said the matter is expected to be taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court on February 7, 2020. 

Mustafa’s petition says he may lose out due to delayed hearing and alleges, on the criterion of the continuity of dispute without having a final stand, that the selection of the petitioner might not be considered before August 2020 and as per the 6 months tenure that is necessary for the post of DGP, the petitioner might be left out of the entire selection process even though the petitioner succeeded before the tribunal. This is submitted in the… Continue Reading...

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