New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a PIL challenging the appointment of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on the ground that he has been facing charges of power misuse and rights violations.
A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath fixed May 31 for pronouncement of judgement on a PIL filed by M S Devasayam, a retired IAS officer from Chennai who had sought to quash the appointment of Kumar as Police Commissioner.
The court also accepted a report filed by the Home Ministry rejecting the petitioner`s representation which alleged "the police officer is facing serious allegations of misuse and abuse of powers, fabrication of documents and violation of human rights."
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Rajeeve Mehra, appearing for the ministry, told the bench that the petitioner`s representation has been received and was rejected by it.
The ASG submitted before the court that as per the ministry`s order, the allegations against the Commissioner have not been substantiated with evidence.
Rejecting all the allegations, the Centre said "There has been no lawlessness during the tenure of Neeraj Kumar. In fact, the comparative figures of crime under major heads like dacoity, murder, kidnapping etc. During his tenure as CP, Delhi, are lower than the corresponding period of last year."
Earlier on February 27, the court had asked the former IAS officer, who had approached it, to make a representation before the Home Ministry and directed the ministry to decide on it.
Kumar, a 1976-batch Indian Police Service officer, was appointed as Police Commissioner of the city on June 28 last year.