Upholding the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) decision to set aside the appointment of AP Director General of Police (DGP) V Dinesh Reddy as the Head of Police Force (HoPF) by the State Government, the High Court on Thursday rejected the petition of government challenging the order and asked it to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. The Division Bench of Court comprising Justice G Raghuram and Justice M S Ramachandra Rao while giving its orders directed the state government to adhere to CAT’s order and send a new list of senior-most IPS officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) within two weeks facilitating the appointment of new DGP. The court declared the appointment of Dinesh Reddy on the top post of DGP as invalid.
Disposing a petition filed by IPS officer Gautam Kumar, who challenged that the government has violated merit and seniority prescribed by Central government in the appointment of top post, the court asked government to continue present DGP Dinesh Reddy as in-charge DGP till alternative arrangements are made. The court directed the government to appoint a panel based on the recommendations of UPSC selection list and complete the process of appointing DGP within a week.
In his petition Gautam Kumar said that the State Government violated the Supreme Court order, wherein in Prakash Singh case it said that the State Government should send a list of three senior-most IPS officers to the UPSC for the selection of the DGP. Last year, the CAT set aside the appointment of Aravind Rao to the top post on the basis of the same argument of Kumar. The government in their defence had said they wanted a DGP with a longer tenure and at the time of his appointment Dinesh Reddy had over two years left in service.