OC appoints CWG security officer, finally

Bangalore: After over a year of legal battle, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has finally filled up the top post for the chief of security for the mega sporting event to be held in New Delhi in October.

"There is no further requirement of ADG Security as the Organising Committee has decided to avail the services of an officer from the Indian Police Service of the rank of Additional Director General of Police in view of the security reasons and various threats of breach," the OC submitted before a bench of Central Administrative Tribunal here, which is hearing the matter.

The top post for the chief of security for the Games was lying vacant for more than a year owing to a legal tussle between the Union government and a senior IPS officer.

The Games Organising Committee had in 2008 sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home recommending the name of RP Sharma, a 1987 batch Karnataka cadre officer, for the job on he basis of a report made by a Search Committee.

Based on recommendations of both the Organising Committee and Karnataka government, Sharma also attended different CWG security related meetings in Delhi when the proposal was awaiting clearance by the MHA.

However, Sharma`s name was not cleared after "careful consideration" of the matter by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Aggrieved over the rejection, Sharma filed an appeal with CAT Bangalore Bench in January 2009 seeking its directions to the Centre to consider his application and to issue clearance for his deputation.

Meanwhile, MHA and Sports Ministry recommended Ajay Chadha, a 1977 batch IPS officer of AGMU (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram) cadre, for the post of chief of security, Commonwealth Games.

Hearing the matter, the CAT in April 2009 directed the respondent (MHA) to act as per the instruction given in a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) circular stating that Sharma is eligible to be considered by the Committee under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary for screening the cases of deputation.

The court also asked the MHA to place Sharma`s case before the committee and to submit their recommendations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (if the recommendations are positive) and to complete all the required procedure before May 30 this year.

However, Sharma again approached the CAT in June praying that the government has disobeyed its order and the court issued a show cause notice to Madhukar Gupta, the then Union Home Secretary and asked him to appear before it for not abiding the court`s order.

Meanwhile, the Central government filed an appeal in the Bangalore High Court against the CAT`s order for erroneously summoning Gupta citing his retirement and argued that only a serving officer can be summoned.

The CAT then issued notice to Home Secretary G K Pillai and sought his reply over the matter.

On August 2, the counsels for Central Government submitted before the bench that they would need help of Mohan Parasaran, Additional Solicitor General of India, for the contempt proceedings.

The Central Administrative Tribunal has reserved its judgement while hearing the matter today. The decision is likely to be given within a week`s time.


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