SC dismisses petition against appointment of DGP

DIMAPUR, APR 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/12/2019 12:06:15 PM IST

In a relief for Nagaland government, the Supreme Court (SC) Friday dismissed the contempt petition filed against the state government regarding appointment of T John Longkumer as director general of police (DGP) and hence the incumbent can continue in his position.

The contempt petition was filed in the Supreme Court by “Concerned People of Nagaland” through its convener against the State government on the ground that while appointing TJ Longkumer, the directive of the apex court in the Prakash Singh case was not complied as, while appointing a DGP, a panel of names was required to be sent to UPSC for the purpose of selection, which was not done in this case. 

During the hearing, it was brought to the notice of the court that for the purpose of empanelment with the UPSC, a list of names of IPS officers who had put in 30 years of service should be sent. But there is no IPS officer of Nagaland cadre available who has completed 30 years of service. 

Further, out of a total sanctioned strength of 75 officers, there are only about 23 regular recruit IPS officers and 17 State police officers. 

These facts were brought to the notice of the Union Home Ministry while seeking for approval of the appointment of Longkumer as DGP for a period of three years. 

The request was considered by the ministry of Home Affairs and thereafter TJ Longkumer, Chhattisgarh cadre IPS officer  was allowed to hold charge for a period of three years on deputation from assuming charge.

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, after hearing the case took note of these facts and concluded that there was no contempt and dismissed the contempt petition, a press note issued by the office of the Advocate General Nagaland stated.

Therefore, Longkumer can continue as DGP in accordance with his term of appointment, the release stated.

The State government was represented by advocate general KN Balgopal and advocate Vitso Rio. 

Senior IPS officer Taliakhum John Longkumer of the Chhattisgarh cadre had taken charge as the new DGP of Nagaland on June 27, 2018.

A group of people by the name ‘Concerned People of Nagaland’ had filed a petition before the apex court alleging that the Nagaland government had “illegally removed” Rupin Sharma, Longkumer’s predecessor, as the DGP of Nagaland in 2018.

However, the state government had categorically stated that Rupin Sharma, a 1992-batch IPS officer of Nagaland, was given the task to hold charge as DGP Nagaland as a stop-gap measure following the end of his predecessor’s tenure.

The state government later transferred Rupin Sharma to Tizit as ADGP (Border Affairs), in-charge of the international border having security ramifications with Myanmar and to monitor the Free Movement Regime (FMR) along the Indo-Myanmar border.

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