Will Rakesh Asthana be removed as Delhi Commissioner?

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a petition filed by an NGO challenging the Delhi High Court order upholding the Centre's decision to appoint Rakesh Asthana, a senior IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, as Delhi police commissioner.

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice A.S. Bopanna's bench sent notices to the Central government and Rakesh Asthana asking them to respond within two weeks on a petition filed by the centre for public interest litigation (CPIL) NGO. NGO has filed a writ petition and appeal against the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner four days before his retirement on July 31. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, said he has filed an appeal as per the Supreme Court's November 18 directive.

Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and Mukul Rohatgi, a senior advocate representing Asthana, said they will file their replies in two weeks. The Supreme Court on November 18 asked the NGO to file an appeal against the Delhi High Court order. On October 12, the Delhi High Court had upheld the Centre's decision to appoint Asthana as Delhi police commissioner saying there was no irregularity or deficiency in his selection.

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