The DoPT’s move to draft Narendra K Amin, a Gujarat state service police officer, into IPS has run into procedural and legal hurdles. The UPSC, which has to validate the procedure, is said to be disinclined to oblige the DoPT on the issue. Its point is simple: it can’t act in the matter till the state government withdraws the criminal chargesheet against Amin in the Sohrabuddin murder case. The Commission’s point also has a legal angle to it. In the Union of India Vs K V Janakiram, etc case, the Supreme Court ordered in August 1991 that no officer could be promoted even if a departmental chargesheet was pending against the officer.
Amin underwent suspension for eight years in the above-cited murder case and was reinstated in June 2015 as DSP in the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB), Gandhinagar. He was arrested by the CID (Crime) on June 6, 2007, and he was listed as a key accused along with his senior officers including D G Vanzara (retired IPS) and IPS officers Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M N (Rajasthan cadre).