High Court Delhi HC seeks reply from MHA on police officers...

Delhi HC seeks reply from MHA on police officers joining unauthorised association

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New Delhi, Mar 6 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre’s response on a petition filed by ex-officers of paramilitary forces against the running of the Central Indian Police Service Association by the current officers of police forces, CBI, paramilitary forces, National Investigation Agency and the Intelligence Bureau, without express sanction from the Central government.

Justice Prathiba M Singh issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and directed it to file an affidavit, explaining as to what action has been taken against the functioning of the said association, which, admittedly, has not been recognised by the MHA.

The counsel for the petitioner contended that as per the Police-Forces (Restriction of Rights) Act, 1966, it is not permissible for any member of the police forces to form an association without express sanction from the Central Government.

The petitioner further averred that they made various representations to the MHA to take action against the said association, but no action has been taken so far. The petitioners also referred to the order of the Central Information Commission, wherein the MHA has taken a specific position that this is not a recognised association.

The petitioners further submitted that the same has been recently confirmed by a communication dated January 7, 2021, which was issued to one of the petitioners, pursuant to his representation.

“I am directed to refer to your letter dated December 17, 2020 on the subject noted above and to say that Police-I, Division, MHA has not recognised or approved Central IPS Association (CIPSA), hence, Police-I Division, Ministry of Home Affairs has no comments to offer in the matter,” said the communication.

The Delhi High Court issued notice to all the respondents, including the MHA and CBI, while granting them four weeks’ time to file the affidavit. The Court will hear the matter on May 20.

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