Daily World Special: Haryana wants 3 months extension for DGP Sandhu; decides to recommend case to Centre

Manish Tiwari / Chandigarh

Close on the heels of Punjab DGP Suresh Arora getting a 3-month extension in service after his superannuation, the Haryana Government has decided to recommend the extension of Haryana DGP B S Sandhu who is due to retire on September 30.

A top Haryana government officer informed Daily World that Sandhu’s case for a 3-month extension is being forwarded by the State Government to the Union Government. A decision to send his case to the Centre was taken by the State Government on Thursday evening. “Such cases are generally sent for approval only after an in-principle nod from the Centre that it was willing to positively consider the request of the State Government,” the officer added.

As regards this case, the file has to be cleared by the Union Home Ministry as well as the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) before the State can issue orders regarding the extension.

Earlier, unlike Punjab which has been against sending the panel to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for consideration and short-listing the candidates for the State DGP post, Haryana was contemplating to send a list of five IPS officers to the UPSC.

On July 3, the Supreme Court had passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and ordered all States and Union Territories to not appoint any police officer as acting DGP. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had directed all the States to send names of senior police officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for being considered as probable candidates to be appointed as DGPs or Police Commissioners as the case may be.

It may be mentioned that the names of DGP-rank officers — K K Sindhu, B K Sinha and P R Rao besides two other officers, S S Deswal and K Selvraj – were earlier being considered by the State government as probables for the DGP post.

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