HC issues notice to DGP over plea on DSP seniority list - ECAS Punjab

HC issues notice to DGP over plea on DSP seniority list

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the then Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Nirmaljit Singh Kalsi on notice on an application alleging deliberate failure to settle the final seniority list of DSPs to ensure retirement of senior officers likely to be considered for promotion to the IPS cadre. Notice has also been issued to Punjab DGPDinkar Gupta and another respondent.

The notice by Justice Suvir Sehgal came on an application filed by Gurdial Singh and another petitioner seeking the revival of a contempt petition filed against Kalsi and other respondents. The petitioners, through counsel Sartej Singh Narula, contended that the delay in finalising and uploading the final seniority list on the official website was in blatant violation of the directions issued by the High Court in November 2018.

It was also intentional violation of an undertaking given before the court in December last year during the hearing of two contempt petitions. “The seniority list was to be finalised by March 8. About three months have expired even thereafter without the undertaking having been complied with. This, by itself, amounts to contempt of court as defined under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, warranting appropriate proceedings against the respondents,” the petitioner-applicants contended.

The Bench was also told that the respondents and the state were manipulating and delaying publication of the final seniority list to give benefit to a select few.



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