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HC rejects plea challenging appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as Punjab DGP

An NGO had challenged appointment saying trial in an abduction case was still pending against Saini.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 11, 2013 11:49:39 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a public interest litigation challenging appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as Director General of Police (DGP),Punjab.

A division Bench of Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain dismissed a petition filed by an NGO in April last year challenging Saini’s appointment as Punjab DGP by Parkash Singh Badal led SAD-BJP government.

Saini,then Chief Director of Punjab Vigilance Bureau,was appointed as DGP of Punjab Police on March 14 last year.

“All procedural formalities were taken care of while appointing Saini as the DGP and we do not find any fault in his appointment,” the Bench said,dismissing the PIL.

In April 2012,an NGO,Voices for Freedom,had challenged Saini’s appointment to the post. In its PIL,the NGO had alleged that Saini’s appointment is in direct contravention to law laid down by the Supreme Court.

Referring to a trial pending against Saini on charges of abduction with the intention to murder,the petitioner had demanded action against those officials who allegedly withheld information regarding the trial from the central government.

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