New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country restraining all states and Union Territories from appointing any police officer as acting Directors General of Police (DGPs) to avoid favouritism and nepotism in such high-level appointments.
The top court’s direction came on an application filed by the Centre in which it claimed that certain states have been appointing acting DGPs and then making them permanent just before the date of their superannuation to enable them get the benefit of an additional two-year tenure till the age of 62 years.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud passed slew of directions for appointment of state police chiefs.
“None of the states shall ever conceive of the idea of appointing any person on the post of DGP on acting basis, for there is no concept of acting DGP…,” the bench said.
Apex court said, “All the states shall send their proposals in anticipation of the vacancies to the Union Public Service Commission at least three months prior to the date of retirement of the incumbent on the post of DGP”.