The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Tuesday set aside the appointment of V Dinesh Reddy as the DGP of Andhra Pradesh.
Senior IPS officer and Principal Secretary (Home) Gautam Kumar of 1975 batch had filed a petition in CAT on June 7,2011 stating that the government ignored his seniority and superseded him while appointing 1977-batch officer V Dinesh Reddy as the DGP.
While setting aside the appointment of Reddy,the Hyderabad Bench of CAT directed the government to send a new list of senior-most IPS officers to UPSC within a week after which the government can appoint a new DGP,Kumars lawyer J Sudhir said.
The tribunal directed that the process of appointing a new DGP should be completed in three weeks.
The ruling is a major embarrassment to the Congress government as CAT has set aside two DGP appointments in a row. Last year,it set aside K Aravinda Raos appointment as DGP.
Kumar petitioned that the government violated the Supreme Court verdict in the Prakash Singh case in which it had stated that state governments should send a list of three senior-most IPS officers to UPSC for selection of the DGP.
The government responded to the petition by arguing that it wanted a DGP who had at least two years tenure left to retire and could maintain a grip on the law and order in the state.