Petition filed in SC against Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Delhi Police Commissioner

Candidate should have had a minimum of six months tenure left to be considered for post, says petition

Petition filed in SC against Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Delhi Police Commissioner

Newly-appointed Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana takes charge at the Delhi Police Headquarters, New Delhi. PTI Photo

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 30

Advocate ML Sharma on Friday filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner, contending it went against the court's ruling in the police reforms case.

Sharma, who is known for filing PILs on various issues, alleged that the decision of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet was in total violation of the top court's verdict in Prakash Singh's case in 2006.

The candidate should have had a minimum of six months tenure left to be considered for being appointed as police chief, he pointed out.

A 1984-batch IPS officer from the Gujarat cadre, Asthana was the Director-General of the Border Security Force (BSF) before being appointed as Delhi Police Commissioner.

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