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AAP MLA's PIL against police complaint authority, HC seeks Centre stand

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today sought response of the Centre on MLA Sanjeev Jha's plea against the LG's decision to form a (PCA) to look into allegations of serious misconduct against erring policemen in the national capital.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla issued notice to the Centre and the government seeking their stand on the PIL which has contended that the constituted the PCA without consulting the government.

Referring to the recent judgement on the administrative powers of the and the elected government of Delhi, the petitioner has said that according to the verdict, the was bound by the aid and advice of the council of ministers.

Jha, the MLA from the Burari constituency of Delhi, has contended that the took the decision to constitute the PCA on his own without consulting the council of ministers.

He has sought quashing of the Home Department's advertisement calling for applications for the post of members of PCA and the subsequent January 29, 2018 notification constituting the authority.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on October 12.

According to the notification on setting up the PCA, it shall enquire into allegations of serious misconduct against police personnel, either on its own or on a complaint received from a victim, (NHRC), LG, or principal (Home) of the government.

The PCA of National Capital Territory of Delhi would be headed by a and would have three members, one of whom would be a woman.

While the would be a retired high court judge, the other members have to be "a person of repute and stature from civil society; a retired civil servant of minimum scale of to government of Delhi with experience in public administration; and a retired of minimum scale of joint commissioner/inspector general of police or corresponding rank", the notification had said.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 17:25 IST