The Apex Cort has cleared decks for the selection of 3500 sub-inspectors and Platoon Commanders in Uttar Pradesh Police, which has been stalled for over six years. The Supreme Court stayed the directions passed by both benches of the High Court at Allahabad and Lucknow from time to time and restrained them from entertaining any petition with regard to selection and appointment process of police officials which started in 2011 when the BSP government was in power.
The former government of Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party government’s attempted to take the issue forward but didn’t yield results. On the other hand, BJP government told the apex court that there was a dire need of police personnel as no appointment for the Sub-Inspector posts has been made for six years.
A bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi, while hearing a batch of appeals, directed the state government to resume the training process within two weeks, which will be continued and completed till the last among the 3533 candidates undergoes the training. “In the above circumstances, we are of the view that it will be appropriate if the State is permitted and directed to complete the process of appointment of the candidates who had already commenced the training. In case, any one of them has completed the training, it will be open to the State to appoint him/her straightaway,” the bench said.
The apex court clarified that successful completion of the training will be followed by their appointment and posted the matter for further hearing on August 22.
The recruitment process for 4010 vacancies had started on May 19, 2011, but after the final selection list was published, some candidates challenged the entire process which eventually led to the stalling of selection and appointment of police officials in the state.