Tuesday, October 4, 2022

NLSF seeks revocation of DGP’s service extension

Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) has opposed the recent extension of service by six months to DG Nagaland John Longkumer, who retired on August 31, 2022. NLSF has in a statement, demanded revocation of the six-month extension of services to T.J. Longkumer and to “appoint the senior most eligible IPS officer from the state cadre to the post of DGP forthwith.”
NLSF described the IPS officer as “the most eligible and efficient IPS officer in active service under state cadre, fulfilling the requisite qualifications under the directives/guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court of India”.
NLSF said Longkumer, belonged to the Chhattisgarh IPS cadre and brought to Nagaland on a three-year stint on June 27, 2018 on inter-state cadre deputation. NLSF expressed “shock” at the 6-month extension given to Longkumer “even after expiry of his extended deputation on August 31, 2022.”According to NLSF, “this incongruous extension facilitated to accommodate a retired cadre of Chhattisgarh is unreasonable, discriminatory and arbitrary.”
Further, NLSF alleged that despite Longkumer not having the requisite 30-year service to be appointed as DGP, his “ineligibility was condoned and the deputation was effectuated.”
NLSF said in the light of guidelines/directives for appointment as DGP, endorsed to “thwart any possible extraneous influence” whether the state government was aware of such guidelines/directives?
Further, NLSF said it was unable to understand the rationality of the “unreasonable action” of the state government in re-instating “a retired cadre of Chhattisgarh for further 6 months against the highly eligible IPS cadres of Nagaland.”
In this regard, NLSF said the cadres of Nagaland have been deprived of the opportunity and described this as “ex-facie violative of the Constitutional rights and the governing principles of service jurisprudence.”
The federation reiterated that as the rule of law was supreme, the state government should adhere the Constitutional values and principles.
It also said the appointment in this case, done without following due procedures was dangerous practice setting bad precedents and reminded that it was the state government’s responsibility to make sure that law and order prevails.
It may be noted that on retirement as DGP, T. John Longkumer was given a six-month extension by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (Ministry of PPG&P, DoPT) vide letter dated August 31, 2022. In the letter, the Centre had stated that service extension as well as inter-cadre deputation tenure of Longkumer in Nagaland cadre was extended for a period of six months beyond his date of superannuation, in relaxation of Rule 16(1) of the AIS (All India Service [Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits] Rules) 1958, in public interest.