Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday issued notice to Punjab government and the Director General of Police (DGP) for August 9 in a writ petition filed by Komal Kumar of Mansa and 27 other candidates, who have applied for recruitment against 4,915 posts of district cadre police in the state. The notices were issued by Justice Daya Chaudhary. The Single Bench, while issuing notice of motion to respondents, also put them on notice as to why stay against holding interviews be not granted on the next date of hearing.
Challenging procedure for the recruitment of constables, the counsel for the petitioners H C Arora contended that Punjab government had issued a circular on March 28 this year stating clearly that the system of interview has been abolished in regard to the recruitment to various Group B (non-gazetted), Group C and Group D posts in various government departments, and boards, corporations coming under them. However, the DGP office issued an advertisement on May 31 this year inviting applications from eligible candidates for 4,915 posts of constables in the district police cadre. The counsel for the petitioners further stated that DGP Punjab has prescribed four marks for personality test-cum-interview in the advertisement. “The said condition thus violates Punjab government instructions issued on March 28 this year and therefore liable to be set aside for that reason,” added Arora. The writ petition now will come up for hearing on August 9.
SC paves way for action against two DSPs
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that sanction to prosecute a public servant is not required if the alleged offence was committed when he was not discharging official duty. A bench of Justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan upheld the settled law and dismissed the appeal of two senior Punjab Police officials who had contended that a criminal case pending against them cannot be proceeded in the absence of sanction to prosecute them.
The court was hearing appeal of Deputy Superintendents of Punjab Police (DSPs), SS Mand and P S Parmar, who were accused of illegally detaining one Neeraj Kumar in a vehicle theft case for four days without formally arresting him in 1999. “Therefore, in the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case, based on the legal position declared by this Court ……We therefore hereby, endorse the conclusions drawn by the High Court to the above effect,” the bench said. PTI
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