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TN's legal dilemma in making DGP panel

By IndianMandarins- 16 Feb 2019


Of the nine senior IPS officers serving in Tamil Nadu as DGP has a clear two-year service period left - which is a must to qualify for UPSC consideration for empanelment and appointment as DGP. The top cop post may fall vacant after the retirement of incumbent DGP T K Rajendran in June this year.


While one DGP-ranked officer may retire this month-end, three others are due for superannuation later this year. Six other officers will retire before June 2020, which means that none of them has the minimum tenure of two years which is recommended for empanelment of DGPs, as per guidelines laid down by the Apex Court.



S R Jangid, J K Tripathy and C K Gandhirajan of the 1985 batch and M S Jaffar Sait, Srilakshmi Prasad, Ashutosh Shukla, N Tamil Selvam and Ashish Bengra of the 1986 batch will retire in less than two years.


As of now, only Mithilesh Jha, a 1986-batch IPS officer who is on Central deputation serving as a Joint Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, New Delhi, is eligible as he has two years’ service left.


This situation has made the State Govt consider promoting the next batch of IPS officers as also to approach the Supreme Court seeking an exemption in the number of years left for superannuation category this year, since many senior officers who are left with more than one year service might be deprived of the opportunity to head the force.


Among the 1987 batch of IPS officers who are in the rank of Additional Director-General of Police, three officers — Sylendra Babu, Karan Singha, and Prateek V Philip — may be promoted to the DGP rank and thus they may be made be eligible for empanelment.


According to officers, if five names have to be sent, the State government can always include the name of another ADGP rank officer even without promoting them since the eligibility is the number of years of service in IPS. However, it is believed that there is some ambiguity since the SC order doesn’t specifically say officers who have less than two years in service should not be empanelled.


In the order of seniority among the serving DGPs, K P Maghendran is a 1984-batch officer and due for superannuation this month. Rajendran, also belonging to the same batch, was posted as DGP before the revised guidelines on the day of his retirement and thus got the benefit of two-year tenure as per the Supreme Court’s earlier guidelines in the Prakash Singh case.

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