Govt to seek review of SC order on DGPs appointment

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9

The state government has decided to seek a review of the Supreme Court order of July 3, directing states to choose and appoint their DGP from a panel to be constituted by the UPSC, based on the respective state government’s proposals.

The government feels the implementation of the said directions of the apex court will lead to political interference in state matters.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has accepted the opinion of state Advocate General Atul Nanda that the directions amounted to infringement by the Centre of the state’s powers, since law and order was a state subject as per the Constitution.

According to an official spokesperson, a decision has been taken under the aegis of the Chief Minister to file an application in the apex court for modification of its directions in its order dated July 3, after amending the Punjab Police Act, 2007, to enable the constitution of a state police commission for appointment of DGP.

The suggested procedure will be in line with the recommendations of the SC in ‘Prakash Singh and others vs Union of India and others case’ (2006). The CM had sought the AG’s opinion in the matter and asked him to suggest the way forward for the state government. The matter assumes significance in view of the fact that incumbent DGP Suresh Arora is due to retire on September 30, 2018.