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Opposition claims incumbent DGP had ‘refused to make backdoor appointments’

DIMAPUR, APRIL 10 (MExN): The Naga People’s Front (NPF) today expressed alarm at the move to replace the present Director General of Police, Nagaland and claimed that this was due to him “refusing to make back door appointments in the Police department.”

A press note from the NPF press bureau chose to attack the Deputy CM, who is also Nagaland Home Minister, by stating that “Patton has a track record of flouting all norms and procedures to get his candidates appointed or allotted contract and supply works. His wayward behavior whilst running the administration was a major source of embarrassment to the last ministry and he was dropped from the Ministry, albeit at the fag- end of the tenure, and severely reprimanded.”

It opined that “the only consolation, though, was that an upright, innovative and capable officer like Rupin Sharma, IPS, was made the DGP, and Naga people, cutting across political party lines and without bias or favour, were confident that the officer would ensure rule of law and not succumb to pressures from corrupt powers-that-be.”

The NPF added that the “innovative changes” that the incumbent DGP had introduced in the Police department “are remarkable,” and said that he had “endeared himself to the people, especially the netizens through his interactions with them on social media.” The NPF appealed that the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government must rescind the attempts to replace the incumbent DGP.

“Moreover, the excuses furnished by Patton to the Union Home Minister are flimsy and clearly exposes the malafide intentions of the Deputy Chief Minister. Rather than look into the number of years an officer has served, he should consider the performance index of the officer,” the opposition party reasoned.

It further urged the PDA Government to keep in mind the ruling of the Supreme Court on a PIL in 2006 in the case of Prakash Singh Vs Union of India where it noted that “The Director General of Police of the State… once he has been selected for the job, he should have a minimum tenure of at least two years irrespective of his date of superannuation.”

“It is not that the NPF has anything against the proposed officer to replace the incumbent. It is just that the ill-designs of the Deputy Chief Minister/ Home Minister are obvious and the kind of changes he has in mind to usher in will surely not augur well for the department or the State,” the NPF said.

It may be noted that the former Chief Minister, TR Zeliang who led the NPF led DAN government had also recommended IGP Lungriading to take over when former Nagaland DGP LL Doungel was repatriated to his parent cadre. This was before Rupin Sharma was appointed as Doungel’s successor. The former CM had also cited “acute shortage of IPS officers at the senior level.”

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