Hyderabad, Aug. 16: Andhra Pradesh High Court has reiterated its directive to the state government to appoint a new police chief in place of V. Dinesh Reddy.
The court also directed that Reddy be treated only as an in-charge DGP till the government submitted a list of three probable names to the Union Public Service Commission within two weeks.
Reddy, a 1977-cadre IPS officer, was appointed DGP on June 30 last year and will retire by September 30, 2013. He tops the list of senior-most IPS officers, which makes him an automatic choice for the post as several other contenders, such as K.R. Nandan and P. Gautam Kumar, have retired.
The Central Administrative Tribunal had set aside Reddy’s appointment on June 19 because of a disproportionate assets case against him and his wife but the state government had defended its policy decision to appoint to the post IPS officials who had a minimum of two years of service left.
But the court had rejected this argument. The state government then moved court again. But a two-judge division bench today said the writ petition seeking suspension of the CAT order was filed on “specious, artificial and extravagant grounds” and dismissed it.
Reddy is from Nellore and is a relative of the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who made him police commissioner of Hyderabad through an out-of-turn promotion. He was in the news early this year when he blamed gender atrocities in rural Andhra on alleged provocative dressing by women and earned the wrath of women’s organisations.