Bangalore: Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered status quo till March 30 on a writ petition
challenging the Central Administrative Tribunal`s order
quashing senior IPS officer Shankar Bidari`s appointment as
Director General and Inspector General of Police and
appointment of A R Infant as ad hoc police chief.
A division bench comprising Justice Dilip B Bhosale and
Justice B S Indrakala passed the order on a petition filed by
the state government, with the final hearing slated for March
The government contended that it enjoyed rights to appoint
DGP and IG and CAT had transgressed its jurisdiction by
quashing Bidari`s appointment without taking it into
Infant had filed an application before CAT seeking
quashing of Bidari`s appointment contending that his seniority
On March 16, CAT set aside Bidari`s appointment and ruled
that Infant should be appointed ad hoc police chief till the
government decides on the new nominee.
The CAT, in its order, said the government should prepare
a fresh list of senior IPS officers and send it to the Union
Public Service Commission, which in turn will suggest three
names for the top post.