DGP Haryana Sandhu retires on Jan 31, gets extension in evening, retires again the same night

DGP BS Sandhu

The Hush Post |19:40 am |two-minute-read

The Haryana DGP BS Sandhu was to retire on Thursday, January 31. However, the same day in the evening, he got his extension. But after having got extension for two-three hours he was again retired the same night. But how did it all happen?

As per the extension order the ad-hoc arrangement was to be in place till a new state police chief was appointed or for a month, whichever is earlier. The extension order was later revoked.

As per a report in The Hindustan Times the decision came under scrutiny as the Haryana government did not have the powers to grant service extension to IPS officers.

Sandhu was to superannuate in September 2018. He was granted a three-month extension in service by central government’s Appointments Committee of the Cabinet in relaxation of rules. However, a similar faux paz happened then as well.

Then, the additional chief secretary (ACS), home, SS Prasad issued an order stating “the governor is pleased to retire DGP BS Sandhu from government service with effect from September 30, 2018 on attaining the age of superannuation”. The order then created a flutter as the state government had also sent a communication to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) seeking extension in service for Sandhu.

Later, the Supreme Court had in December 2018 asked the Haryana government to continue the existing arrangement till January 31, 2019 after the state government moved an application before the apex court, seeking modification of its directions with regards to appointment of the DGP. Since the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) could not finalise the panel of three IPS officers shortlisted for the post of the DGP, the state government granted extension to Sandhu after seeking legal advice from the advocate general.

The apex court had on January 16 dismissed a bunch of interlocutory applications filed by Haryana, Punjab and three other states seeking exemption for their respective Police Acts from the operation of SC’s July 3, 2018 order and permission to appoint DGPs in accordance with their respective police laws. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that after an in-depth consideration, they are left with no doubt that the July 3 directions are wholesome and if the same are implemented, it will subserve public interest till the matter is heard finally. The SC had on July 3, 2018 directed that the DGP shall be selected by the state government from among three senior-most officers who have been empanelled for promotion by the UPSC.

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