Mamta Banerjee’s government has got another setback from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an application to entertain the West Bengal government’s plea that was filed to appoint a new Director-General of Police (DGP) without consulting the Public Service Commission (UPSC), saying it would be an abuse of law. However, the bench of judges Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai, and BV Nagarathna allowed the West Bengal government to be part of a larger case involving police reform.
We cannot hear such petitions – Supreme Court
Supreme Court said we have seen your request. What you are proposing now is that you have previously stated that the UPSC should not participate in the appointment of the DGP. When the main matter is taken up for hearing you can argue the matter. But we cannot allow this petition. This is an abuse of process. We reject your application and cannot hear such petitions. We are wasting so much time on these applications.
State government’s argument
The Supreme Court further said that if states also start registering cases in this manner, it will be difficult for them to find time to hear other matters. Let us inform you that the state government has filed an intervention petition regarding the amendment of the 2018 order of the Supreme Court in the ‘Prakash Singh’ case regarding police reforms. Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, from the state government, said the state government had a right to oversee the police officers. But in view of the negative stand of the apex court, he requested the division bench to allow the withdrawal of the petition, which it accepted.
During the hearing, advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the main petitioner in the police reforms case, Prakash Singh, requested the court to conduct the hearing at the earliest, on which the division bench decided to hear in October. The West Bengal government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking that the state government is allowed to appoint a DGP without the intervention of the Union Public Service Commission.
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