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TN DGP panel: UPSC sends a wrong list, then rectifies mistake

By IndianMandarins- 27 Jun 2019


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had rather inadvertently sent a panel of five IPS officers belonging to the Punjab cadre for appointment as Director-General of Police/Head of Police Force in Tamil Nadu a couple of days ago.


After the commission came to know of the mistake, another list was sent in a sealed cover to Chennai.


It may be recalled that Tamil Nadu had sent the names of about a dozen IPS officers with 30 years of service, who were eligible to be appointed to the top post. Among the recommended officers, the names of five officers — Jalad K Tripathy, DGP, Uniformed Services Recruitment Board; M.S Jaffar Sait, DGP Crime Branch CID; Srilakshmi Prasad, DGP, State Human Rights Commission; Ashutosh Shukla, DGP, Refugees Camp, Mandapam; and Mithilesh Kumar Jha, Officer on Central Deputation — are likely to be included in the panel shortlisted by the UPSC.


However, rumors were agog that the name of Sait was not cleared owing to a variety of reasons. A person has moved the Supreme Court challenging an order giving Sait relief in a case is said to have been the obstacle.


Tripathy, a 1985-batch IPS officer, is the senior most in the panel and has about one year service left. However, in the event of his being appointed as the Head of Police Force, he would hold office for a period of two years going by the Supreme Court guidelines in the Prakash Singh case.


Two other officers in the same batch — S.R. Jangid and Gandhi Rajan — got out of the race since they had less than six months service making them ineligible for consideration to the top post.


In a separate development, the State government ordered the promotion and posting of three batches of IPS officers in the rank of Inspector-General of Police, Deputy-Inspector General of Police and Superintendent of Police on Wednesday.

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