New Delhi :The Supreme Court Wednesday extended till January 31 the tenures of present DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and agreed to hear the states’ pleas seeking to implement their local laws regarding selection and appointment of the police chief.
The director general of police (DGP) — Suresh Arora (Punjab) and B S Sandhu (Haryana) — were due to retire on December 31 and now they will remain in office till January 31.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph was hearing the pleas of Punjab, Haryana and Bihar governments seeking modification of its earlier order directing all the states to mandatorily take the assistance of the UPSC in short-listing the names for appointing DGP.
The top court, on July 3 this year, had passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and chronicled the steps for appointment of regular DGPs.
It had stated that the states will have to send a list of senior police officers to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at least three months prior to the retirement of the incumbent.
The commission will then prepare a panel and intimate to the states, which in turn will immediately appoint one of the persons from that list.