Saini deserves to be DGP, state tells High CourtTribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 11
Justifying the appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as the Director-General of Police (DGP), the State of Punjab today questioned the motive behind an NGO's move to challenge it.
The NGO, Voices for Freedom, has challenged Saini's appointment by filing a petition in public interest before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the ground that he was facing a trial for abduction and other offences.
In a reply to the petition, Principal Secretary, Home, DS Bains claimed that the NGO had a Facebook page where militants and radicals were sharing their views. The reply added the NGO had its head office in New York.
Bains claimed that Saini was having an exceptionally outstanding record, rarely seen in service dossiers. The reply stated that the state in its wisdom, after perusing Saini's consistent outstanding record, took the conscious decision to appoint him as DGP.
The Bench questioned the NGO on its means of fund generation. The case has now been adjourned for July 26.
Going into the background of the matter, the petitioner contended: "On the basis of allegations that Saini is involved in the abduction and physical liquidation of three persons sometime in 1994, this Court referred the investigation against him to the CBI.
"After detailed investigation, it filed a report confirming the abduction and physical liquidation of three persons and accordingly a charge-sheet was filed and sanction was accorded by the competent authorities".
The petitioner contended one of the "questions of law of substantial public importance was whether a person, who is facing a trial before the CBI Court for abduction etc can be treated as having very good record for the purpose of being appointed to the post of Director General of Police?"