Principal secretary of Home Department (Police), P Gautam Kumar, whose contention against the appointment of Dinesh Reddy as DGP led to the CAT setting aside Reddy’s appointment yesterday, told Postnoon that he did not expect the State government to follow the CAT orders.
A visibly moved senior officer countered, “Do you expect the State government to follow the CAT orders? It will never do that. When it had violated the orders of Supreme Court of India, Union government and constitutional agencies in recruitment of present DGP, how can we expect it?” Gautam Kumar said.
When asked what would be his next course of action in the wake of CAT’s directions, Gautam Kumar shot back, “What would I do? When the government itself is meting out injustice.”
Earlier, Kumar had also challenged the appointment of K Aravinda Rao as DGP before the CAT the appointment and got an order in his favour in May last year.
However, the government secured a stay order on CAT’s directions from AP High Court allowing Aravinda Rao to continue as DGP. This time, the
State government is expected to take a similar action.