Hyderabad: The Central Administrative
Tribunal (CAT) bench on Tuesday granted three weeks time to
the Centre and Andhra Pradesh governments to file their
counters over a petition by senior IPS officer P Gautam Kumar,
challenging the state government`s decision to appoint V
Dinesh Reddy as the Director General of Police (DGP).
The counsels of the respondents requested for a four week
period to file their counter, however, a two-member CAT bench
here comprising P Swaroop Reddy (member-judicial) and Ranbir
Singh (member-administrative) allowed for only three weeks.
"The CAT bench gave the respondents three weeks time to
file their counters and said there would not be any further
extension," Gautam Kumar`s counsel Jonnalagadda Sudhir said.
The matter has now been posted to August 16, he said.
On July 12, the bench had issued notices to the
respondents, the state and the Central governments and Dinesh
Reddy, asking them to file their counters within two weeks
over IPS officer and Principal Secretary (Home) Kumar`s
In a petition filed before the CAT on July 7,
Kumar had pointed out that the AP government had ignored his
seniority with regard to appointment of state DGP.
The petitioner had said that the state government
violated the Supreme Court order in Prakash Singh case wherein
it had said that the state government should send a list of
three senior-most IPS officers to the Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) for the selection of the post.
"The appointment of Dinesh Reddy as the Head of Police
Force (HoPF) by the AP government is against the law laid down
by the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh case. Reddy`s
appointment should be set aside and new appointment should be
made in accordance with law," Kumar said in his petition.
A 1975 batch officer, Kumar had earlier challenged K
Aravinda Rao`s appointment as the state police chief and had
got an order in his favour in May this year after the CAT
quashed Rao`s appointment.
But, the state government approached the AP High Court
and obtained a stay on the CAT verdict thereby allowing Rao to
continue as the DGP, who retired on June 30, after which Reddy
took over the post.