The Supreme Court on Tuesday restrained the State governments from appointing Directors-General of Police without first consulting the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
- A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, passed the directions on an application by the Centre for modification of a September 22, 2006 judgment on a petition filed by former DGPs Prakash Singh and N.K. Singh for reforms in the police forces.
- In 2006, the court passed seven directives, primarily to “ensure that State governments do not exercise unwarranted influence or pressure on the police.”
Procedure of appointing DGP’s :-
- The State government concerned has to send to the service commission the names of the probables three months before the incumbent DGP is to retire.
- The UPSC will prepare a list of three officers fit to be DGP and send it back.
- It shall, as far as practicable, choose the people who have got a clear two years of service and must give due weightage to merit and seniority.
- The State, in turn, shall ‘immediately’ appoint one of the persons shortlisted by the commission.