States can’t appoint acting DGP, rules SC


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said no states can appoint an acting Director General of Police (DGP).

The states would now have to approach the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at least 3 months before the retirement of sitting DGP.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that all states must approach UPSC three months prior to retirement of incumbent DGP for selection of a panel of three officers from whom the state can choose one and appoint him as DGP.

The UPSC, in turn, will prepare a list of three most suitable officers and the states will be free to appoint one of them as police chief, the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

The bench also said that endeavour should be made that a person, who had been selected and appointed as DGP, has reasonable period of service left.

The apex court also ruled that any rule or state law on the subject of appointment of police officers “will be kept at abeyance”.

The bench, however, granted liberty to the states, which have made laws on police appointments, to move before it seeking modification of its order.

The directions came on a plea of the Centre seeking modification of the judgment rendered in the Prakash Singh case on police reforms.

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