Alka Verma –
Published on: September 4, 2021, at 10:25 IST
The Supreme Court of India ordered West Bengal Government to stop filing applications repeatedly, regarding the matter of DGP appointment in the State.
The Supreme Court while stating the order said that the state’s fresh application, despite the rejection of similar prayers earlier, is nothing but an “abuse of the process”.
Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra said that the appointment of DGP totally falls into the matter of state domain and UPSC has nothing to do with it.
On the other hand, SC said the State of West Bengal is trying to bail out themselves from the mandates of Apex Court which directs states to select their DGPs from among the three senior police officers empanelled by the UPSC.
A Bench comprising Justices L N Rao, B R Gavai and B V Nagarathna stated, “Let us be frank with you Mr Luthra. Please do not file applications repeatedly with the same prayers even though the earlier pleas had been rejected. It does not look good when done by a state government.”
The Bench told Luthra to withdraw the petition while Mr Luthra said that the State is seeking to be a party in the pending order.Further Justice Rao stated, “Even individuals should not indulge in such activities. If states start doing so, then there will be no end to litigation. It will further slow down the process of adjudication in theSupreme Court. And it is lawyers like you who say that even hearing on bail applications are delayed.”