The Supreme Court turned down the West Bengal government’s request to designate the Director General of Police (DGP) without seeking advicefrom the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), referring to “abuse of law.”
However, a bench comprised of Justices Nageswara Rao, B R Gavai, and B V Nagarathn allowed the state’s impleadment application in the fundamental case on reforms in police and said it would begin considering a case that “hasn’t seen the light of day in many years.”
The Supreme Court was hearing an appeal filed by West Bengal, which asserted that the UPSC did not have the information to evaluate and pick a state’s DGP, and that it was likewise incongruent with the administrative arrangement of government
In its appeal, the state government requested that the Supreme Court reevaluate its 2018 request on reforms in police in the Prakash Singh case, which required state governments to choose the DGP from a board of three most senior cops.
The Supreme Court told the state government that the contentions it was making were equivalent to those it had made beforehand, in particular that UPSC ought not be engaged with the determination of the DGP.
“We have seen your application. The points you are raising are exactly the same which you have raised earlier that UPSC should not have a role. When the main matter is taken you can argue this matter. We cannot permit this. This is abuse of process. We will dismiss your application. We cannot have petitions like this. Why are we wasting so much time on these applications,” the bench observed.
The Supreme Court expressed that if states start submitting similar cases, it will be hard for it to find time to hear other important cases.
“You, at the end of the day, come and disclose to us that all bail applications and criminal requests are not being heard,” the Supreme Court revealed to West Bengal government.
The case has now been scheduled for a hearing in October, according to the court “We’ll begin hearing the case. It’s been a long time since it’s seen the light of day.