Supreme Court: Dilbag Singh continue as Top Cop in Jammu and Kashmir

Supreme Court: Dilbag Singh continue as Top Cop in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi: Recently, Supreme Court ordered that Dilbag Singh will be acting as Chief of the Jammu and Kashmir police until the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) takes a decision on the matter. From the bench, Justice Dipak Misra asked the UPSC to take a decision on the “suitability” of senior police officers who can be appointed as the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) within four weeks.

It has said that the petition against Mr. Singh filed by Prakash Singh Contended that although the senior most officer should have been appointed after Mr. Vai’s exit, a junior officer was instead given the charge. He also asked court Supreme Court to modify an earlier order making it mandatory for all states to send a list of three senior-most IPS officers to the UPSC for clearance before appointing the DGP.

On September 6, Jammu and Kashmir government had appointed Dilbag Singh as the state’s acting DGP. replacing SP Vaid. Dilbag Singh was considered after Mr. Vaid was shunted off to the state’s transport department amid serious differences with newly-appointed Governor Satya pal Malik and a major controversy over the release of relatives of terrorists in exchange for family members of a kidnapped policeman.

The person who appearing for the petitioner Advocate Prashant Bhushan said that the DGP cannot be removed without consulting the state security commissioner. According to the appointment “ gross misconduct, he pointed out that the acting DGP appointed by the government was number five in seniority and had earlier been suspended in a recruitment scam.

Then further, Jammu and Kashmir government has cited several factors, including security concerns, the upcoming civic body polls insurgency, and terror-related activities, and the Valley’s unique law-and-order requirements to assert that the state should have a police chief at all times.

It added that “ As such, as a pure ad interim measure, the state government has been constrained to appoint the Director-General, Prisons of State of Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh. As the In- Charge Director General of Police till a regular arrangement is made.”

by Priti on September 20, 2018

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