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Punjab cabinet approves amendments to police act

ANI  |  Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] 

on Monday approved an amendment to the Police Act 2007 for setting up a state commission for the selection of of Police (DGP), in line with court guidelines.

The Police Amendment Bill 2018 will be tabled in the ongoing session of the Vidhan Sabha, according to an

'The Act 2007', enacted on February 5, 2008, did not provide for selection of DGP from the panel as prepared by UPSC, and the state government, led by Amarinder Singh, had recently sought the opinion of the with respect to the matter of appointment of DGP.

Based on the recommendation of AG Atul Nanda, the Cabinet decided to amend Sections 6, 15, 27, 28 and 32 to bring the 2007 Act in line with the court judgement. The amendment would bring the procedure for DGP appointment in tandem with the recommendations of the SC in Prakash Singh and versus Union of and , (2006) 8 SCC 1 (Prakash Singh's case).

The had earlier this month decided to bring in the amendment to the Act 2007 to enable the constitution of a state police commission for appointment of DGP, while deciding to seek a review of the order of July 3, directing states to choose and appoint their DGP from a panel to be constituted by the based on the concerned state government's proposals.

The had also accepted the opinion of Nanda that the directions amounted to infringement, by the Centre, of the state's powers, since Law and Order was a state subject as per the provisions of the Indian Constitution.

In Prakash Singh's case, the court had issued directions concerning police reforms in the various States. This included a direction to select the DGP of the state "from amongst the three senior-most officers of the Department who have been empaneled for promotion to that rank by the (UPSC) on the basis of their length of service, very good record and range of experience for heading the police force."

In its July 3, 2018 orders, the SC has directed states that "when they anticipate vacancy in the post of DG, they shall send their proposals to the well in the time that is atleast 3 months prior to the date of retirement of the incumbent on the post. The shall then prepare the panel as per the directions of in the judgment reported in (2006) 8 SCC 1, out which the State shall pick its DG."

The apex court has further directed "that any legislation/rule framed by any of the States or the running counter to the direction shall remain in abeyance to the aforesaid extent." It has, however, granted liberty to the states to approach the court for modification of the above direction in the event they are aggrieved by it.

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First Published: Mon, August 27 2018. 23:21 IST