BJP questions transparency in appointment of new DGP

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Saturday raised the legality in the recent appointment of Vigilance director Kanwar Brajesh Singh as the new Director General of Police (DGP) by the Odisha government.

“The desperation shown by the state government in the appointment of Singh as the new DGP has raised doubts in the minds of the people. It is now clear that the state government has resorted to unfair means in the appointment of senior bureaucrats in the sensitive posts”, BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra said in a press briefing here.

Justifying his contention, Mohapatra, while referring to a ruling of the Supreme Court in 2005 in the appointment of chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, said the apex court, in its verdict, had made it clear that the appointment of officials to the highest and sensitive posts must be done in a transparent manner so that the people will not question their appointment.

“Going by the ruling of the Supreme Court, I have a distinct feeling that the state government has violated the apex court guidelines in the appointment of the new DGP. There were able and honest officers who thoroughly deserved the highest post of the state police”, he pointed out.

Mohapatra said the most important issue is that the state government had preferred to appoint Singh against whom there were scores of allegations like mala fide actions and arbitrariness during his tenure as director of State Vigilance especially.

Without mentioning the name of the former Odisha DGP and the present CRPF DG Prakash Mishra against whom Singh had filed a case of misappropriation, the BJP leader informed about the stricture the latter had received from the Odisha High Court in this case.

“The Supreme Court has upheld the verdict of the Odisha High Court. The High Court has ruled Singh as an accused. KB Singh carries a stigma on his head and he cannot maintain neutrality. Since he was not neutral, he had received stricture from the High Court. Keeping this in view, his appointment as the DGP is grossly inappropriate and against the law”, Mohapatra maintained.

“Considering the above, reaction in the entire police fraternity, starting from the rank of constable to the higher officers against his appointment as DGP, is quite obvious. This would certainly undermine the morality of the state police,” he observed.

Protesting the decision of the state government, Mohapatra said the DGP is an institution. It is an established organisation. He is not a private appointee of the chief minister. The chief minister is not appointing him as his private secretary rather the Director General of Police.

“But appointing Singh like an employee of his private office is utterly incongruous and illegal. I hope that the state government would maintain utmost neutrality. Let the chief minister review his decision.

However, the BJD has ruled out the statement of Mohapatra.

“Appointment of the DGP is the prerogative of the chief minister. The council of minister has taken a decision in this regard and being the head of the council of ministers, the chief minister has appointed Singh as the DGP”, BJD spokesperson Samir Dash told the media.