For DGP post, states were told to name eligible officers: UPSC - ECAS Punjab

For DGP post, states were told to name eligible officers: UPSC

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Chandigarh, July 22

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the state governments were mandatorily asked by it to forward the list of all officers eligible for a post of the Director General of Police (DGP) along with relevant documents.

The assertion came in response to the high court's directions to the UPSC to compile, among other things, a chart showing the comparative merit of officers considered for the post of Punjab police chief.

In an affidavit placed before the Bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma, the UPSC's counsel Alka Chatrath submitted that the state governments have no say in restricting the zone of consideration and it was mandatory for all the states to send names of all officers who fulfilled the eligibility criteria.

It said all officers of the Indian Police Service of the cadre concerned not below a rank of the Additional Director-General and those who had completed at least 30 years of service as on the date of vacancy were included in the zone of consideration.

The affidavit added the zone of consideration may vary from state to state, depending upon the availability of Additional DGs and above level officers, who had completed at least 30 years of service. The Bench also fixed the case for further hearing on August 13 while taking up an application filed by senior counsel DS Patwalia and Bikramjit Singh Patwalia on behalf of Mohammad Mustafa. — TNS



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