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SC refuses to interfere with Jammu and Kashmir’s police chief appointment

The Jammu and Kashmir government on September 6 appointed Dilbag Singh as acting police chief, replacing S P Vaid who was posted as transport commissioner

Updated: Sep 11, 2018 14:02:40

By Press Trust of India

A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the Jammu and Kashmir government appointing an acting director general of police (DGP).

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notice and sought a reply from the Centre.

The state government on September 6 appointed Dilbag Singh as acting police chief, replacing S P Vaid who was posted as transport commissioner.

During the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal, who appeared for the Centre, said the prohibition to appoint an acting DGP was introduced to prevent misuse of the two-year fixed tenure given in an earlier verdict of the apex court.



Advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir, said the appointment of an acting DGP was purely an interim measure to tide over the peculiar situation till a regular appointment was made in consultation with UPSC.

“We cannot afford the police force to be without a chief,” he said, citing the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

First Published: Sep 11, 2018 14:02:40

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