DGP Suresh Arora, who was granted extension in service till September this year, would, however, relinquish his office before the Lok Sabha elections.Official sources confirmed that at no stage did Arora offer to quit, though the implication of an extension in his service accorded by the Union Home ministry were deliberated on thread-bare by Chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh. In view of the guidelines of the Election Commission, the state government took the decision to initiate the process of finding a successor to Arora.
Consequently, a panel of all the nine IPS officers in the rank of the DG was forwarded to the UPSC, as directed by the Supreme Court guidelines.The UPSC would shortlist three names, of which the state government can have its pick.The new procedure of selecting the state DGP has become mandatory for the states in view of the Supreme Court judgement. It was in September last year that the Amarinder government had requested the Centre to grant one year’s extension in service.It became a checkered exercise after five states, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala and Bihar , moved the apex court seeking modification of the 2006 verdict on police reforms.Pending the Supreme Court word on it Arora was allowed extension in service till January 31.
But it was quite a coincidence that the day Supreme Court turned down the plea of the five states, the Centre chose to give its final word on the state government’s request for one year’s extension in Arora’s service.In one quick move, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission and the state government seemed to be posturing in three different manners on the issue.It was in these circumstances that the state government has finally struck a balance between the Supreme Court verdict and the Election Commission guidelines to let Arora continue, at least, till the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections is made by the Election Commission.”
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