States cannot appoint Acting DGP, Supreme Court passes slew of directions
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States cannot appoint Acting DGP, Supreme Court passes slew of directions

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today ordered that States cannot appoint acting DGPs. It also ordered that States have to approach UPSC mandatorily, three months before the retirement of incumbent DGP for selection of new DGP.

The slew of directions came to be passed by a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud in the petitions relating to Police reforms.

The Court heard Attorney General KK Venugopal and advocates Prashant Bhushan and Gopal Sankaranarayanan before laying down the procedure to be followed for appointment of DGP.

Three months before the retirement of incumbent DGP, the State has to approach the UPSC with its proposal of candidates.

The UPSC will then select three candidates from which the State should select once candidate as the DGP.

States cannot appoint acting DGPs.

Superannuation of candidates before the tenure of two years should not come in the way of selection of candidates though UPSC can take into account the same when shortlisting candidates.

Once a candidate is appointed, he/she will get to serve for two years irrespective of his/her superannuation.

Read the order below.

Prakash-Singh-v.-Union-of-India.pdf
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