HC notice to govt over appointing 'CM's man' to police plaints panel

HC notice to govt over appointing 'CM's man' to police plaints panel

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday issued notice to the state government and Ekambar Naidu, member, State Police Complaints Authority.

Justice A S Bopanna was hearing a petition filed by Adarsh G K, a resident of Thubarhalli near Whitefield. The petitioner   has moved the court challenging Naidu's appointment saying that it was done violating Supreme Court's directive.

According to the petitioner, the post of the member of the State Police Complaints Authority as per the terms of the amended Karnataka Police Act 1963, shall be selected from the three names recommended by the Search Committee. This procedure was laid down by the Supreme Court in 1996.

The petition  said the chief minister (Siddaramaiah) ordered Naidu to be appointed as the member of the State Police Complaints Authority from the civil society.

 The court felt that a notice was not required in respect of the chief minister who is also a party to the case.

The court also directed the state government to file statement of objections during the next hearing.

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