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Change of guards in M’laya police sparks-off row
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 20:
Published on 21 Oct. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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The change of guards in the Meghalaya police headquarters’ has sparked off fresh controversy when the DD Lapang-led coalition government appointed Assam’s Additional DGP SB Kakati as new Director General of Police (DGP). Kakati’s appointment to the post of DGP is viewed as “political interference and violation of laid down appointment norms including the Supreme Court’s ruling, which states that a Director General of Police was to be selected amongst the state’s three seniormost officers empanelled by Union Public Service Commission.” However, the state government termed the appointment of Kakati as “prerogative of the government”. “He is a good officer and a tough administrator and it is the prerogative of the government to appoint the officer,” Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee told journalists. He also denied that there was political interference in the appointment of Kakati to the DGP post even as there were two senior IPS officers. However, a Home Department official, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that the ruling government preferred Kakati over Marbaniang due to the pending CBI probe against the latter. Earlier, the Union Ministry Home of Affairs (MHA) had questioned the Meghalaya government over the appointment of Anil K Pradhan (1977 IPS batch) as state Director General of Police. The Home Ministry accused the Meghalaya of violating September 1963 guidelines for creating an ex-cadre post without the sanction of the Central government. Meanwhile, the East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police LB Rapthap is also being replaced by AR Mawthoh in the wake of the ongoing protest against the state government over the uranium issue.

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