Karnataka High Court upholds CAT order

The Karnataka HC Wednesday dismissed a petition by a former City Police Commissioner, challenging legality of a CAT order directing only some select officers to be recommended by UPSC for empanelment for the post of DGP.

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court Wednesday
dismissed a petition by a former City Police Commissioner, challenging legality of a Central Administrative Tribunal order directing only a certain category of officers to be
recommended by UPSC for empanelment for the post of DGP.

Upholding the CAT order, a division bench headed by
Justice K L Manjunath said petitioner Shankar Bidari`s name
could not come under the zone of consideration as he did not
fall in Higher Administrative Grade Plus category payscale of
75,500-80,000 and in the DGP rank post, as prescribed by the
2008 amended Indian Police pay rule and the criteria set by
1999 guidelines of the Centre.

The court also relied on a ruling by the Madras High
Court in a similar case directing the UPSC to only consider
names of candidates who fulfill the criteria including the
payscale category and stated that UPSC would have to follow
uniform standard in all states to fill up such a post.

Bidari, who is now the Additional Director General of
Police (Railways) had challenged the CAT order and said that
his name should come under the zone of consideration as he had
put in over 30 years of service and had a good record.

The petitioner had also cited a Supreme Court ruling on
length of service being considered during shortlisting of
candidates.

The CAT on an application filed by DG Home Guards and
Fireforce D V Guruprasad, had passed an order on April 21 this
year directing the state government to send a proposal of
eligible officers of particular categories for DGP post.

PTI

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