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Delhi HC seeks UPSC, Hry stands on plea against appointment of Yadava as DGP

Delhi HC seeks UPSC, Hry stands on plea against appointment of Yadava as DGP

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday sought stands of the UPSC and Haryana government on a plea against the appointment of state's police chief Manoj Yadava, claiming the Supreme Court's directions on selection and appointment of DGPs were "not being followed".

Justice Suresh Kait also issued notice to Yadava, asking him to file his reply on the petition and listed the matter for further hearing on July 11.

The court was hearing a petition by IPS officer Prabhat Ranjan Deo seeking quashing of the recommendation and empanelment of Yadava by the Union Public Service Commission and his appointment as Haryana director general of police by the state government's February 18 order.

During the hearing, the counsel representing UPSC argued that Deo has chosen a wrong forum.

Instead of the high court, he should have approached the Central Administrative Tribunal which has jurisdiction on all-India service matters, he added.

Deo's counsel Ajit Kumar Sinha and Ashwarya Sinha opposed the UPSC argument, contending that the high court has the jurisdiction over the matter as Yadava was not discharging any duty for the Union of India but was doing it for the state.

They said Deo was not even considered for promotion to the post even though he has a "blemishless record of over 30 years of service".

The counsel said despite being the senior most and fully eligible, Deo was superseded and not even considered by the UPSC for empanelment for the DGP post.

The Haryana government's counsel produced a letter written by the state's Home Department to the UPSC regarding eligibility criteria and completion of 30 years of service for empanelment of officers for the post of DGP.

The letter stated that Yadava is an IPS officer of the 1988 batch as he was selected for the IPS on the basis of the 1987 civil services examination. He joined the IPS on August 21, 1989, but in view of a 1991 judgement of the Supreme Court he was assigned by the Ministry of Home Affairs August 1988 as the deemed date of joining the service.

It said on the basis of this judgement, the MHA had deemed Yadava and 20 similarly-placed IPS officers as having joined the service from 1988, categorising them as "exempted probationers' and according their seniority since then.

The counsel for the MHA told the court that in the petition, no relief was sought against the Centre and it was not required to file any reply.

The petition by IPS officer Deo has also sought a stay on appointment of Yadava as the state's DGP.

"The senior most and reputed officer such as the petitioner (Deo) will be forced to w New Delhi, Apr 11 (PTI) The Delhi High Court Thursday sought stands of the UPSC and Haryana government on a plea against the appointment of state's police chief Manoj Yadava, claiming the Supreme Court's directions on selection and appointment of DGPs were "not being followed".

Justice Suresh Kait also issued notice to Yadava, asking him to file his reply on the petition and listed the matter for further hearing on July 11.

The court was hearing a petition by IPS officer Prabhat Ranjan Deo seeking quashing of the recommendation and empanelment of Yadava by the Union Public Service Commission and his appointment as Haryana director general of police by the state government's February 18 order.

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