Chandigarh, January 20, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Leader of Opposition (LoP), Harpal Singh Cheema, has alleged that the dubious role of the Congress government in the state and that of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in the appointment of director general of Police (DGP), Punjab, had proved beyond doubt that the country’s iconic institutions across the country were under constant threat, accusing Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of conniving with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the dubious ‘deal’.
In a statement from party headquarters, Harpal Singh Cheema said that the role played by then DGP Suresh Arora, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh in appointing Dinkar Gupta as the new DGP of the state was condemnable in the strongest term, alleging that it was a deep conspiracy on their part.
He added that the move on the part of the deadly trio – Captain-Modi-Amit Shah – had denigrated the authority of the iconic institution like the UPSC, as they had done in the case of Election Commission of India, the Supreme Court and some other constitutional bodies of stature in the country.
The LoP said that Captain Amarinder Singh had, while publicly reacting to the CAT decision on DGP Dinkar Gupta, saying that he (Gupta) would remain the DGP, had not only undermined the authority of the CAT, but had also violated the Supreme Court’s order regarding appointments / transfers in the ‘Parkash Singh vs Government of India’ case. Cheema said the reaction by Captain Amarinder Singh reflected as if he was passing on an edict from the royal throne and not as an elected representative of the people holding the august office of the CM.
Demanding an immediate implementation of the CAT decision in the case, by sending out an advisory to Captain not to squander away the public money on wasteful litigation by knocking the doors of the courts, thereby retaining the golden rule of appointing top ranking police on the basis of merit, and ensure justice to those who were affected by the decision of the UPSC panel on the DGP.
Taking a dig at the state government, Cheema said that had the state governments, including Punjab, been appointing DGPs on the basis of merit, the apex didn’t have to give directions in this case nor had the UPSC divested of the authority to set up a panel on its own.
Cheema said that the rights of the states and the very federal structure of the country was under constant threat from the divisive forces due to the incompetent Congress and SAD-BJP governments ruling the roost for longer spans of time, out to harm them further.