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In India, Court strikes down Police Chief's appointment

By Bodhisattva Banerji     Feb 5, 2009 in World
Chief of Maharashtra police force suffered a blow as the Bombay High Court struck down his appointment. The court has ordered the government to appoint a new DGP within a span of 4 weeks.
In a major embarrassment to Maharashtra police, the Bombay High Court, today struck down the appointment of its chief of the force. The court has reportedly asked the Maharashtra government to appoint a new Director General of Police within a span of 4 weeks. Present chief of police force in Maharashtra, Mr. A.N. Roy, however, was not available for comments.
This ruling of the Bombay High Court has come after a petition was reportedly filed, while stating that the appointment of Mr. Roy, was an out of turn one. Even before this order passed by the court, a recommendation from the Central Administrative Tribunal in Mumbai to the government for removing Mr. Roy as the chair holder of province's chief of police force, was there. According to reports, in October 2008 the tribunal dismissed the claim on behalf of the state that Mr. Roy was the most meritorious officer in Maharashtra.
Detailed reports on the matter suggest that the government now has to decide between officers such as Mr. S S Virk, J D Virkar and Suprakash Chakravarty. It should be noted that these are the officers that actually challenged the appointment of Mr. Roy on various grounds. The various grounds included the undue superseding of three other DGPs by Mr. Roy.
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