The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)’s Guwahati bench on Monday extended the interim stay order on the proposed recruitment of IPS officers from the Army and central paramilitary forces through the limited competitive examination till July 23.
The tribunal extended the period after the Centre, Union ministry of home affairs, ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions and other respondents pleaded for more time to file the counter-affidavit in the case.
Earlier, the tribunal had asked the respondents to file replies by June 18. The stay order had come after six officers of Assam police challenged the amendments of the Indian Police Service (Recruitment) Rules, 1954, made by the Centre for the recruitment of IPS officers through limited competitive examination to fill up vacancies of IPS officers across the country.
“The tribunal extended the interim order as the respondents failed to furnish the reply affidavit within the given time frame and sought more time. Some of the respondents said that they are yet to get the instructions and will need more time to react on the order,” said Rajib Borpujari, counsel of the petitioners.
The six police officers, who challenged the amendments, are Swapnaneel Deka, Amitava Sinha, Sanjib Das, Bedanta Rajkhowa, Devajyoti Mukherjee and Mantu Thakuria and are the officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) or above in Assam Police.
The petitioners had challenged the amendments saying that the state governments can fill up the vacant posts of IPS officers if needed from the existing pool of qualified officers of the State Police Services.
“It’s a known fact that there are a lot of vacancies for officers in the Army. If the government wants to shift army officers to fill up IPS vacancies, then it’s again going to add to more vacancies in the Army thus creating another problem for the government. Moreover, military officers are specialized in their own areas and it’s quite different from normal policing,” said Amitava Sinha, a petitioner.
Sinha added that IPS officers have two categories and the new amendment is going to create a third category.
The tribunal also directed the Centre not to make any appointment without taking leave of the tribunal. In 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved ground rules for the limited competitive examination to recruit IPS cadres from officers below 35 years, serving in armed forces, as well as central and state police forces.
-via The Times of India.