A day after extension, Punjab DGP Arora offers to quit


Tells CM unwillingness to continue further, search for new State Police Chief begins
Nitin Jain / CHANDIGARH

A day after the Centre extended his term for another 8 months till September 30, Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora on Thursday offered to quit.
Arora met Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday morning in this regard. The DGP has formally conveyed to the State Government his unwillingness to continue further on the coveted post, it is learnt.
The Union Government had on Wednesday gave nine-month extension in service to Arora in public interest. An official order had been issued by the Union Ministry of Personnel in this regard.
With this, Arora, a 1982-batch IPS officer is liekly to serve as Punjab Police Chief till September 30. Earlier, he was given three-month extension following his superannuation from service on September 30 last year. The announcement had come on a day when the Supreme Court rejected pleas made by five states, including Punjab, seeking modification of its earlier order on the appointment of heads of the state police. The Personnel Ministry order had read: “Now, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in service of Arora as the DGP for an overall period of 12 months beyond the date of his superannuation, which is September 30, 2018, in public interest.” Arora was in 2015 appointed the DGP by the then SAD-BJP government.
After Arora’s offer to quit, the search for the new Punjab DGP has begun. It is learnt that the stats government is likely to send a panel of DGP-rank officers to the UPSC soon for the selection of the new State Police Chief, as per the Supreme Court guidelines. These DGP-rank officers in the state, include 1985-batch IPS officer Mohammad Mustafa, who is currently the anti-drug Special Task Force DGP will retire in February 2021. The 1986-batch officer S Chattopadhayaya, who is DGP (PSPCL) will retire in March 2022. The 1987-batch DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta is due to retire in March 2024 and will have over four years of service left. There are three other 1987-batch DGP-rank officers — M K Tiwari (due to retire in February 2022), V K Bhawra (due to retire in May 2024). Another DGP-rank CSR Reddy is due to retire in December 2020.
Two other senior IPS officers — 1985-batch Hardeep Singh Dhillon and 1986-batch Jasminder Singh are due to retire in March and September this year, respectively. Another senior IPS officer of 1984-batch Samant Kumar Goel, who is on central deputation, is due to retire in May 2020. In terms of “clear two years of service” directions of the apex court, Dhillon, Jasminder and Goel are unlikely to make the cut for the DGP’s post. The apex court had in July last year outlined the procedures for the appointment of regular DGPs in states. According to the Supreme Court verdict, states were required to send a list of senior officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at least three months prior to the retirement of an incumbent. The commission would then prepare a panel and send it to the states for the appointment.

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