DGP appointment: Respondents to file counters
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 17:04
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 petition.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 17:04

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