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HC seeks Centre’s response on PIL challenging Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Delhi Police commissioner

The Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh will hear the matter next on September 8, Bar and Bench reported.
 

HC seeks Centre's response on PIL challenging Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Delhi Police commissioner-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 1, 2021, 1:39 PM IST
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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre in the petition challenging the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Commissioner of Delhi Police.

The Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh will hear the matter next on September 8, Bar and Bench reported.

Appearing for NGO, 'Centre for Public Interest Litigation' (CPIL), which has challenged the appointment before the Supreme Court, lawyer Prashant Bhushan argued that the petition before the High Court filed by one Sadre Alam was a “copy-paste” of its plea before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on August 25 had asked the High Court to decide within two weeks the plea pending before it against the appointment of senior IPS officer as Delhi Police Commissioner.

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The petition, moved by advocate Prashant Bhushan, urged the court to set aside the Centre's order to appoint Asthana after extending his service period.

"It appears that Mr Alam has copied Mr Bhushan's petition, which is very dangerous path. This inter-meddling should be stopped. It's in his interest as well as the national interest. Mr Bhushan's application must be admitted and Mr Alam must be answerable to this Court," he said as reported by LiveLaw.

Asthana, an IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed as the new Delhi Police Commission on July 27, just days before his retirement on July 31. Earlier, he was special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution against Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Delhi Police Commissioner. The resolution was moved by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Sanjeev Jha. The resolution has sought a reversal of the appointment from the Union Home Ministry, which controls the Delhi Police.

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