A petition has been filed before the Central Administrative Tribunal in which DGP of home guards Suprakash Chakravarty has challenged the appointment of A N Roy as state police chief, alleging the NCP of choosing him as its nominee much against the wishes of the chief minister, who belongs to the Congress. According to the application filed by Suprakash Chakravarty, A N Roy, who is from 1974 batch of IPS officers, superseded three officers – DGP (housing) S S Virk, from the 1970 batch; Chakravarty (1972 batch) and DGP (ACB) J D Virkar. All three are senior to Roy both in terms of number of years of service and postings. The application further stated that A N Roy was promoted to the rank of DGP only in March 2007 and was thus the junior-most officer in that rank. The only three senior-most officers who could be considered for posting as DGP, as per a SC ruling, did not include A N Roy. The applicant therefore submits that the appointment of A N Roy as DGP (Maharashtra) since March 1, 2008 is clearly illegal and in blatant violation of the SC ruling. The Bombay HC is also hearing a PIL challenging Roy’s appointment.
September 22, 2009