No relief to TN govt from SC on appointment of DGP

The Supreme Court today declined to stay the Madras High Court judgement quashing the appointment of senior woman IPS officer Letika Saran as the DGP of Tamil Nadu.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 22:55 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined
to stay the Madras High Court judgement quashing the
appointment of senior woman IPS officer Letika Saran as the
DGP of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu government has appealed against the October
8 verdict of the High Court which was delivered on the
petition filed by IPS officer R Nataraj challenging Saran`s
appointment as the DGP.

The High Court had also directed the state government to
send the empanelment of officers by October 27 to UPSC who
could be considered for the post of DGP.

"We are not passing any order. We will hear it on the
date fixed," a Bench comprising Justices D K Jain and H L
Dattu said when the Advocate General for Tamil Nadu sought an
early date for hearing the petition.

"The High Court has simply said the appointment of the
DGP was not done in accordance with the apex court judgement
in the Prakash Singh case," the Bench said.

The High Court had also directed the state government to
send the empanelment of officers by October 27 to UPSC who
could be considered for the post of DGP.

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Natarajan,
said there was no urgency in the matter as Saran is continuing
as DGP of the state.

The High Court had directed that a new DGP should be
in place by December first week.

While quashing Saran`s appointment, the High Court had
held that her appointment was not made in accordance with the
guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.

A 1976 batch officer, Saran became the first woman DGP
of the state in January last.

The High Court had directed the state government to
furnish a fresh panel of names of those eligible to hold the
post of DGP to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Nataraj, Director of Fire and Rescue Services, had
claimed that his seniority had been overlooked in the
appointment to the post.

The state government had told the High Court that the
selection and appointment of Saran as the DGP was made in
pursuance to the Supreme Court`s directions.

The High Court had said "there is nothing in the files
which will indicate the consideration or relative merits or
demerits of the officers considered except a typed note
prepared by some unknown official`"., the Judges said.

The file did not disclose any proper selective process
that had taken place. Further, there was no reason assigned
anywhere in the file about the choice of selection or the
preference over the others, it had said.

The High Court had said even the service records of
the officers eligible for appointment as DGP had not been
placed while selecting Saran as DGP.

-PTI