New Delhi (24.01.2023): The Supreme Court has directed the Nagaland government to pass an order appointing senior IPS officer Rupin Sharma (IPS: 1992: NG) as the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state.
The SC declined to consider Nagaland government’s plea that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) should be asked to relax the 30 years’ service criteria rule to 25 years for the empanelment of IPS officers. The apex court directed the state government to pass an order within one week on the appointment of Sharma as the Director General of Police.
The state government argued that it is facing difficulties in finding three senior IPS officers of 30 years of experience in small states like Nagaland for the purpose of empanelment by the UPSC.
During the hearing, the bench said if relaxation in the eligibility criteria were to be allowed, then it will lead into a scenario where an officer junior by five years can become the DGP of a state. It said the UPSC and the Ministry of Home Affairs can decide the issues associated with the relaxation of 30 years’ service criteria into 25 years for IPS officers.