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Appointment of Vaid as DGP valid: HC

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, May 16: The High Court today dismissed the plea challenging the appointment of S P Vaid as Director General of Police and held his appointment valid.
The Division Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice M K Hanjura dismissed the petition challenging the appointment of Director General of Police as arbitrary and in violation of rules. S K Misra, former DGP Prisons had challenged the appointment of Vaid on the ground that he has not been considered while making selection and appointment on the post of DGP. He further added that the appointment of present DGP has been made in glare violations of the stand taken by the then Chief Secretary of the State before Supreme Court in Prakash Singh’s case.
“In view of the preceding analysis, the petition of the petitioner sans merit. It entails dismissal and is, accordingly, dismissed along with all connected MP(s). Interim directions, if any, in force as on date, shall stand vacated”, the Division Bench said.
Referring the ruling of one of the High Courts of the country wherein it was held by the High Court that the Rules of Business do not create, much less confer, a right on a public servant, to challenge the validity of the decision taken in the Cabinet Meeting.
DB said the rules have been made for the convenience of the public business. “The opening words of clause 3 of Article 166 makes it clear that the rules of business are framed by the Governor for more convenient transaction of   business of the Government of the State”, read the judgment.

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