Contrary to the claims of the UT administration regarding the “formation of new policy”, the applicants in a rejoinder filed before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in the DSPs transfer case on Friday said as per the information revealed that under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, there is no such policy regarding appointment of DSPs.
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In the reply, the applicants said no orders by the administrator for UT Chandigarh to form any committee for the purpose of formation of new rules nor any such draft rules have been framed. The rejoinder also mentioned that the administrator has not been delegated with the powers to frame the recruitment rules for the said posts.
The UT administration in its reply in November, stating that the police service rules have been amended and that they were waiting for the final nod of the MHA.
The case is now slated to come up for hearing on December 14. The UT police inspectors moved the tribunal in May this year, wherein they had sought a stay on the practice of appointment of DSPs on deputation. The application was filed by UT inspectors Gurmukh Singh, Charanjit Singh, Amarao Singh and Dilsher Singh.
Regarding the reply filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs stating the “nexus” of the UT police officials, the rejoinder mentioned that the UT officials at the rank of inspectors and DSPs have proved their mettle in performing their official duties and functions. On the other hand, the incumbents holding the post on a deputation basis have been unable to crack major cases relating to the public and security of the UT Chandigarh, and have been involved in serious cases of corruption. It further alleged that the deputationists have been put under suspension and brought a bad name to the police.
Another fact came to light in the rejoinder was that two IPS officers — Gur Iqbal Singh Sidhu and Navdeep Singh Brar — who were promoted as SPs and despite promotion to a higher rank were allegedly illegally retained by the administration for the purpose of drawing of salary against two vacant post of DSPs.