New Delhi Jul 30(ILNS): A Contempt Petition is filed in the Supreme Court of India against the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah, and Ministry of Home Affairs challenging the appointment of Mr. Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police chief.
The plea filed by Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma submitted that respondents have wilfully denied compliance with the order passed by the Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh case on July 3, 2018, that there must be a minimum of three months left of service prior to the retirement for the appointment of DGP.
The Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh case held, “All the States shall send their proposals in anticipation of the vacancies to the Union Public Service Commission, well in time at least three months prior to the date of retirement of the incumbent on the post of Director General of Police;”
He further contested that Prime Minister, head of the ACC (Appointments Committee of the Cabinet), and Home Minister jointly decided and appointed Rakesh Asthana as a commissioner of Delhi for one year three days before he was to retire by issuing a letter stating,
“Asthana, currently serving as Director-General of the Border Security Force (BSF), will join as the Delhi Police Commissioner with immediate effect. He will have a tenure of one year.”
The plea has also submitted that this appointment not only made in the willful denial of the judgment passed by the Court but also has been done knowingly and deliberately to interfere with or obstruct the administration of justice.
The petitioner has also claimed that the impugned appointment has been done despite the true fact that Rakesh Asthana has been removed from C.B.I. due to corruption charges ladled against him./ILNS/GM/SV/SNG