Wednesday, December 7, 2022

RPP petitions EC, seeks DGP’s removal

Rising People’s Party (RPP) has demanded removal of director general of police (DGP) T John Longkumer in view of his alleged irregular appointment and Supreme Court observation.
In a representation to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, RPP secretary Akum Longkumer termed the six-month service extension of Longkumer, who had retired on August 31, 2022, on the State government’s recommendation in blatant disregard of Supreme Court of India guidelines as nothing but abuse of State power. Thus, he requested the commission to take cognisance of the subject matter.
He said the letter written by chief minister Neiphiu Rio to Union Home Minister Amit Shah was a crystal clear indication that the State government wanted to retain the services of the present DGP for political reasons.
He quoted the chief minister’s August 25, 2022 letter: “It is also worth mentioning that the state is facing assembly elections in a few months’ time and it is essential to have continuity at the top leadership of the police force to deal with any law and order problems that may arise during elections.”
According to the RPP secretary, the underlying meaning of the chief minister’s letter was very clear that the State intended to manipulate the police force and administrative machinery to subvert free and fair elections.
He claimed that the April 1, 2022 letter of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to the chief secretary clearly refused to entertain Longkumer since the latter had already superannuated from service, and that he was required to be deleted from the eligibility list as sent by the State government.
Given the circumstances, Nagaland Law Students’ Federation’s Vitho Zao approached Supreme Court for redressal. And the apex court on October 17, 2022 ruled that “In view of the communication which has been issued by the UPSC on 1st April 2022, the state of Nagaland must immediately send the list of empanelled officers for appointment to the post of DGP….The list of eligible officers who are empanelled shall be communicated to the UPSC no later than 31 October 2022. The UPSC shall take a decision thereon on or before 30 November 2022.”
Akum therefore requested CEC to take steps for removal of the incumbent DGP in view of his irregular appointment and Supreme Court’s observation.

Must Read