Hyderabad: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Wednesday set aside the appointment of the Director General of Police (DGP), Mr K. Aravinda Rao, stating that it was done in violation of rules.
The CAT directed the State government to appoint a new Director General of Police as per the rules by June 9 and ruled that till that time the present incumbent can continue in the post. It also questioned the State government about the necessity to appoint Mr Aravind Rao by ignoring seniority criteria. It also felt that the appointment of State police chief post was not done impartially.
Acting on the petition filed by the Home Secretary, Mr P. Gautam Kumar, challenging the appointment of Mr Aravinda Rao as DGP, the CAT passed the orders.
Mr Gautam Kumar, a 1975 batch IPS officer, approached the CAT questioning the validity of the appointment of Mr Aravind Rao by superseding him. He is presently serving as Principal Secretary of Home Department. Mr Aravind Rao was appointed State police chief in September last by the previous Rosaiah government. Mr Aravinda Rao belongs to 1977 batch. The State government is likely to challenge the CAT order in the High Court.
The previous DGPs Mr S S P Yadav and Mr A K Mohanti were also meted out the same treatment from the CAT on their appointments. (NSS)