J&K Govt Approaches SC in new DGP’s appointment

NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir government approached the Supreme Court after violating the Supreme Court guidelines that restricts States from appointing acting and interim police chiefs.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of the state government that in view of the upcoming panchayat polls and security situations incumbent DGP S P Vaid has been replaced by in-charge DGP Dilbagh Singh.

Standing counsel for the state Shoeb Alam mentioned about the application before Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said the matter is likely to be taken up on Monday.

The state government last night removed S P Vaid as police chief and appointed Director General of Prisons Dilbag Singh as an interim head of the force contrary to the guidelines of the Supreme Court, which had ruled in July that there will be no ad hoc arrangement for the post of Police chief in the states.

The SC has admitted the State’s application and the matter is likely to be heard on Monday.

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