Plea in High court challenging Rakesh Asthana's selection as Delhi Police chief

New Delhi: A plea has been registered in the Delhi High Court challenging the appointment of Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner and extension of his service by 1 year. The 1984-batch IPS officer, serving as the director-general of Border Security Force, was appointed Delhi Police Commissioner on July 27, four days before his superannuation on July 31.

The petition is listed for hearing on Wednesday, August 17, before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh. The petition sought nullifying of the July 27 order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) appointing Asthana as the Delhi Police Commissioner and also the order granting inter-cadre deputation and extension of service to him.

It claimed the High-Powered Committee comprising the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition, in its meeting held on May 24, 2021, rejected the Central government's attempt to appoint the same IPS officer (Asthana) as the CBI Director on the basis of the six-month rule as laid down by the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh.

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