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SC directs HC to decide plea against appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police chief in 2 weeks

The Court issued this order while hearing a writ petition filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation under Article 32 challenging the appointment of Asthana to top police post.

SC directs HC to decide plea against appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police chief in 2 weeks-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Aug 25, 2021, 2:00 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi High Court to decide in two weeks on a plea challenging appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner.

The Court issued this order while hearing a writ petition filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation under Article 32 challenging the appointment of Asthana to top police post.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant permitted the NGO to move to the Delhi High Court to intervene in the pending plea against the appointment of Asthana.

"We request the Delhi High Court to consider the matter as early as possible in 2 weeks for us to have the benefit of High Court's judgement. Petitioner is at liberty to file intervention application", the bench stated in its order. The petition filed by CPIL is kept pending at the Supreme Court and is adjourned for two weeks, reported LiveLaw.

Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, said that some more time be given to the high court as the government will have to file its response to the pending plea there.

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

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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