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The appointment of Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta has been set aisde. The Central Administrative Tribunal on Friday set aside Gupta’s appointment.
A two-member Bench of CAT chairman L Narsimha Reddy and M Jamshed pronounced the order. The order was on an appeal by Mohammad Mustafa and Siddharth Chattopadhyaya. Both had challenged Gupta’s appointment on the ground that they were “ignored” despite being senior to Gupta.
Gupta, a 1987-batch IPS officer, had superseded five senior officers for the post.
The Bench directed the Union Public Service Commission and the empanelment committee to form a new panel of three senior-most officers for appointment to the post of DGP and complete the exercise within four weeks.
In the plea filed in 2018, the two police officers said they were senior to Gupta and had outstanding service records.
“The empanelment was done by a committee headed by then DGP Suresh Arora who was biased against Chattopadhyaya,” their counsel Atma Ram said in the plea.
The police officers also opposed the contention of the empanelment committee. It sent a report to the UPSC saying the officers lacked experience in core policing areas, Ram said.
CM Capt Amarinder Singh says, Dinkar Gupta will continue as DGP
Mustafa is a 1985-batch officer and Chattopadhyaya a 1986-batch officer, Gupta is a 1987-batch officer. The counsel said his clients were ignored by UPSC for appointment as the state’s DGP.
Gupta was appointed DGP in 2019, succeeding Arora. Apart from Mustafa and Chattopadhya, the other officers who were superseded include Hardeep Dhillon, Jasminder Singh and Samant Goel.
In his previous stint, Gupta was posted as Director-General of Police, Intelligence, Punjab, which involved the direct supervision of Punjab State Intelligence Wing, State Anti-Terrorist Squad and Organised Crime Control Unit.
He had served as SSP of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts for more than seven years during the time of terrorism in Punjab. He also served as DIG (Jalandhar Range), DIG (Ludhiana Range), DIG (Counter-Intelligence), Punjab, and DIG (Intelligence), Punjab, till 2004.
Reacting to the CAT order, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder said the matter has to be sorted out between CAT, UPSC, and the officer. Capt Amarinder, however, asserted that Dinkar will continue to be DGP of Punjab.