Monday, February 6, 2023

NLSF plea to ECI for appointment of next DGP

Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) has appealed to the Election Commission (ECI) to ensure that the Director General of Police (DGP) Nagaland is to be headed by a competent and qualified IPS officer of Nagaland cadre when State Assembly election is due early next year.
In a representation to the chief election commissioner, NLSF president T. Tohuka Achumi and general secretary N Lemchimong informed that NLSF had approached the Supreme Court of India over the alleged anomaly in the appointment of the incumbent DGP.
They said that in response, the apex court in its order dated October 17, 2022 directed the State of Nagaland to immediately send the list of empanelled officers for appointment to the post of DGP. They said the court directed the state to drawn up the list of empanelled officers in accordance with law after duly rectifying the deficiencies as pointed out by UPSC through its communication dated April 1 and the same to be corresponded to UPSC by October 31.
NLSF said that the court directed UPSC to take decision based on the list of empanelled officers submitted by the State of Nagaland on or before November 30, 2022.
Further, NLSF stated TJ Longkumer, a Chhattisgarh Cadre of 1991 batch, was appointed on deputation as Nagaland DGP for three years on June 27, 2018 until his superannuation on August 31, 2022.
NLSF stated that despite the presence of qualified IPS officers from Nagaland Cadre, John’s service was further extended for six months after his retirement.
It said that the apex court had directed the Nagaland government, the Ministry of Home Affairs and UPSC to finalise the process of appointment of the state DGP on or before December 19.
According to NLSF, the “illegality” being perpetuated at the “highest level” was setting “a very bad precedent.”
NLSF said that appointment at the whims of the state government without following due procedures was a “dangerous” practice, which would embolden further anomalies.
The federation stated that a competent and qualified person from Nagaland Cadre should hold the post of DGP and ensure that free and fair election takes place in Nagaland.
NLSF maintained that implementation of the guidelines/instructions for a free and fair election would cease to fruition when the highest post of the law enforcing agency itself was compromised.
It has, therefore, urged the Election Commission to administer the sanctity of the Constitution of India and make sure that the highest post of law enforcing agency in the State of Nagaland was headed by a competent and qualified IPS officer from the cadre of Nagaland in the forthcoming 14th NLA election.

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