Pachau's appointment questioned

 The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) issued notices on Wednesday to DG&IGP L R Pachau, the State government and the Union Public Service Commission in connection with a case filed by B E Umapathy, DGP (Research and Restructuring) before CAT, questioning Pachau's appointment as DG&IGP.

In his petition, Umapathy submitted that he was more eligible to the post than Pachau and that he was not considered for the post. He alleged that the high level committee headed by the Home Minister did not take into account his service seniority and competence. He alleged that the committee had not considered the allegations of corruption against Pachau.

Umapathy alleged that an amendment was brought to the Karnataka Police Act recently with the only intention to get full powers to appoint anybody that the government wishes as DG&IGP.

He said the amendment was against the spirit of the Supreme Court order in the Prakash Singh case, in which the court had said that there should be no political interference in the appointment of the State police chief.
However, the high level committee in the State had three politicians, Umapathy said. He has pleaded that the amendment should be scrapped immediately. A division bench of CAT, comprising Justice Shantappa and Justice Dr Prabhakaran, adjourned the case for further hearing to February 28.

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