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Stalemate over new DGP in Punjab; Gupta seeks one-month leave

By IndianMandarins- 25 Sep 2021
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New Delhi (25.09.2021): Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta (IPS: 1987: PB) has decided to proceed on leave amid the ongoing stalemate-like situation over the appointment of the new head of the police force.

Senior home department official confirmed that Gupta has applied for one-month leave which is yet to be sanctioned by chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi. If the state government sanctions Gupta’s leave, the charge of the DGP office will be given to some other senior IPS officer for the time being.

The state will have to send a panel of senior officials to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which will shortlist three names for the job. Sources said that the state government wants to give charge to the officer seen as the strongest probable for the list to be shortlisted by the UPSC which adopts a points-based system after analyzing service records and experience.

A senior official said the new dispensation was about to issue orders to give charge of the DGP to S Chattopadhyaya. But the process was immediately stalled when a camp took up the matter with the Congress. Hectic lobbying is on between various groups for the appointment of the new DGP. S Chattopadhyaya, 1987-batch officer VK Bhawra and IPS Sahota of 1988 batch are said to be frontrunners for the post.

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