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MHA decide to raise illegal appointment of M’laya DGP
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 22:
Published on 23 Jul. 2009 1:33 AM IST
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Question marks looms large over the recent appointment of junior IPS Anil K Pradhan as Meghalaya Director General of Police, especially after the Union Ministry Home of Affairs (MHA) have decided to raise the matter with the D D Lapang-led ministry, official sources said on Wednesday. According to sources, the ruling Congress-led government has violated the guidelines issued by the Ministry MHA in September 1963 by creating an ex-cadre post without the sanction of the Union government and also appointing Pradhan as DGP despite his not being promoted to higher administrative grade (HAG) and scale as head of the police force. Currently there are two officers - William Richmond Marbaniang IPS (1975 batch) and Kulbir Krishan (1976 batch) - who stand promoted to the scale of the DGP. The present incumbent Pradhan is junior to them as he falls under the 1977 batch. Further, the decision of the state government to transfer Krishan as Director General of Prisons was also made without following the rules since such post neither exists in the Schedule annexed to IPS (Fixation of Cadre Strength Regulations) 1955 nor can it be reckoned as one created under State Deputation Reserve (SDR). Official sources said even if the post of Director General of Prisons were to be created against SDR, it would still violate Rule 11(7) of IPS Rules 2007. It states that the number of ex-cadre posts created in the HAG plus pay scale should not exceed the number of cadre posts in the same pay scale except with the prior concurrence of the Central government. Such an ex-cadre post already exists in the form of Director General of Civil Defence and Home Guards which is occupied by Marbaniang. Krishan, who is Director General of Prisons, had written to Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee to restore his posting as head of the state police force, as the present posting as Director General of Prisons is in contravention of all relevant statutory provisions as well as the earlier judgments of the Supreme Court. Earlier, the then NCP-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government had appointed Krishan as acting DGP in place of Bijon K Dey Sawian, who has been appointed as Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat. The government chose Krishan as Sawian's successor due to the CBI probe into the murder of Marbaniang's maid. But soon after the Congress came back to power, Pradhan was made the DGP and Krishan has been transferred as the ADGP (prisons). Sources said the controversial appointment of Pradhan as Meghalaya police chief was likely to end up in an administrative tussle with possibility that the decision might be contested before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) by Krishan.

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