Probably this will be the first time in India that the apex court directed for CBI probe into alleged disproportionate assets of a state police chief and even CBI never had such an assignment.
The Director General of Police (DGP) of Andhra Pradesh V Dinesh Reddy has received shocking verdict from the Supreme Court of India as the later directed the CBI to investigate into his assets.
The Supreme Court given this directive responding to a petition moved by a senior police officer from Andhra Pradesh Umesh Kumar, who failed to become state police chief inspite of his seniority and eligibility, due to the government preferred to pick up a junior officer Dinesh Reddy. Incidentally, Dinesh is about to retire by September end. He is making hectic efforts to continue for one more year taking clue from the Supreme Court directive that a state police chief should have a minimum of two year term.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy selected Dinesh Reddy as state police chief in June, 2011, ignoring six other senior officers and though he was not eligible for that position as per the Supreme Court directives. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had struck down his appointment.
However, later against the state government appointed him as DGP following Supreme Court directives. Dinesh Reddy’s two earlier police chiefs were also appointed by the state government ignoring seniority and Supreme Court directives. Their appointments were struck down by the High Court. But by that time they were retired.
Protesting government decision to re-appoint Dinesh Reddy as state police chief even after the Supreme Court struck down the order, senior most IPS officer in the state Gotham Kumar had resigned from the service.
After taking charge as DGP, Dinesh Reddy locked with personnel enmity after registering a forgery case against Umesh Kumar, which led to latter’s suspension from the service. As a counter, Umesh Kumar complained against Dinesh Reddy alleging having disproportionate assets. His plea to conduct CBI probe was rejected by the AP High Court. So he proceeded to the Supreme Court.
Dinesh Reddy was selected to the post of director general of police and head of police force in September 2012 and thus will have tenure till September end 2014. But a strong civil services lobby wants him to go the moment he attains the age of superannuation. This will be in September end this year.
Dinesh became the DGP for the first time in June 2011, but his appointment was struck down by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) which found irregularities in his elevation since he had superseded some officers. Pending appeal in the Supreme Court, the state government continued Dinesh but only as the acting director general of police.
After the Supreme Court confirmed a panel of three names from which the state government could choose a new director general of police, Dinesh Reddy who was number one was appointed the new police boss. State government sources claim that the query has arisen because Dinesh Reddy had functioned as DGP, though on an acting basis, before he became the official boss. But some analysts perceive that this was a contempt of apex court orders which is clear that the DGP will have two-year tenure from the date of his appointment as per court guidelines.