DAILY WORLD SPECIAL
Nitin Jain / Chandigarh
The Punjab Government will soon issue orders regarding the extension of State DGP Suresh Arora, a 1982-batch IPS officer, after a formal nod from the Government of India. The State Home Department has processed his extension file and the Centre has agreed to give its approval for the DGP’s extension for 3 months which may even get extended in future.
Arora was due to retire on September 30 this year. Of the four IPS batch-mates of the 1982 Punjab cadre, Arora is the only serving office, while the other three former DGPs Sumedh Singh Saini, Sanjiv Gupta and Rajinder Singh have already superannuated.
Top Government sources told Daily World on Thursday that the file regarding Arora’s extension was sent to the Centre a few weeks ago only after the Centre, including the Prime Minister’s Office and the Union Home Ministry had given their in-principle nod to positively consider the State Government’s request. In such cases, 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.
In the last Monsoon session, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had passed a bill for constituting the State Security Commission — a move which is aimed at getting autonomy to appoint new DGP in the State. The Commission was being set up as the State Government is not in favour of sending the panel of officers for the appointment of new DGP to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as directed by the Supreme Court in July last.
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 also 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.
While the name of Punjab’s DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta is being strongly considered by the State Government for his appointment as the next DGP of the State after Suresh Arora retires, the Capt Amarinder Government has been of the view that in the present circumstances, the continuation of Suresh Arora was in the interest of the State to ensure proper law and order situation.
Suresh Arora who led the Punjab police from the front in its fight against terrorism, is a seasoned officer who has served in several important positions, including the State Intelligence Chief, and has vast experience in handling complex law and order situations.