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Guwahati man writes to SC CJI for appointment of Meghalaya DGP

The Meghalaya government is blatantly and arrogantly violating the orders of Supreme Court of India passed on July 3, 2018, said Luit Barman

GUWAHATI:

A Guwahati-based businessman has written to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for appointment of a full-fledged Director General of Police (DGP) in Meghalaya.

Luit Barman, owner of a pharmaceutical company, wrote to the CJI following the delay of the Meghalaya government to appoint a new DGP.

“Meghalaya government is blatantly and arrogantly violating the orders of Supreme Court of India passed on July 3, 2018, in IA No 25307 of 2018 in writ petition No 310 of 1996 concerning the appointment of regular director general of police of the state,” wrote Barman, in his email to the CJI.

Barman informed that copies of the letter have also been sent to the chief justices of Meghalaya High Court and Gauhati High Court.

“Since January 1, 2022, a day after the last incumbent DGP of the state retired, the government is continuing with temporary officiating in spite of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) having finalised and communicated the panel of three Assam-Meghalaya cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on February 10, 2022, as per the direction of the Supreme Court of India the panel has been prepared based on seniority of the cadres,” Barman said in his letter.

This is not the first time that Barman has taken up administrative issues with the concerned authorities. In January 2019, at the peak of anti-CAA protests, Barman was the first person in Assam to move the Gauhati High Court against the ban on Internet in the state.

The last full-fledged DGP of Meghalaya was R Chandranathan, who retired on December 31, 2021.

Thereafter, Idashisha Nongrang, an IPS officer of the 1992 batch, took over as special DGP on January 1 and is still continuing to head the police department, despite the UPSC recommending names for the appointment of a full-time DGP.

On February 9, UPSC had recommended the names of three senior Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officers for the post – Mukesh Agrawal, KV Singh Deo (both 1989 batch IPS officers) and L Ram Bishnoi (1991 batch) — who have been serving with the Assam government.

Of the three, only Agrawal has served in Meghalaya.

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