Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 20
With the change of guard in Punjab, the state might have a new Director-General of Police.
The names of 1986-batch IPS officer Sidharth Chattopadhyaya, 1987-batch VK Bhawra and 1988-batch Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota are doing the rounds.
All these officers have greater than six months of residual service making them eligible for the put up of DGP, Punjab.
Chattopadhyaya met CM Charanjit Channi at the moment, knowledgeable sources.
The authorities might take a choice at the moment late at night time or tomorrow. Sources mentioned that Chattopadhyaya has shut proximity with the new political group of Congress in energy however Sahota is a robust candidate due to much less opposition in opposition to him throughout the new Congress group in energy.
He has 11 months of service left. He has largely remained non-controversial. Bhawra and Rohit Chaudhary, who’ve 9 and 7 months of service can also emerge as the ultimate alternative.
Sources mentioned discussions have been on concerning the difficulty until the submitting of this report.
The chief minister’s workplace can also be procedural and authorized readability on the appointment of the DGP.
On whether or not it might probably change the DGP by itself instantly or has to undergo the Union Public Service Commission.
The Punjab authorities is attempting to take a leaf from the West Bengal authorities, which has appointed an performing DGP, Madan Malviya, until the UPSC clears the panel of officers. It has additionally moved the Supreme Court searching for revision of its order of involving the UPSC within the strategy of appointing of the DGP.
The Supreme Court had in 2018 laid down the process of the appointment of the DGP of the state. It mentioned a state authorities has to ship a panel of 5 or extra officers to the UPSC three months earlier than the retirement of the incumbent DGP.
The UPSC was authorised to kind a panel of three officers based mostly on the candidate’s size of service, file and vary of service. The SC had in March 2019 revised the orders saying officers with six months of service will be empanelled. Earlier, it was two years of residual service.
It additionally ordered the DGP could have a minimal of two years of tenure. Gupta has accomplished two years and 7 months as DGP. His retirement is due in 2024.