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IPS order stay

Calcutta, Feb. 13: Calcutta High Court today passed an interim stay on the Central Administrative Tribunal order quashing the promotion of five IPS officers to the rank of director-general.

The division bench of Justices Asim Kumar Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee passed the interim order in response to appeals by the state government and the officers promoted to the DG rank. The case will be heard again tomorrow.

The tribunal had on February 3 set aside the government’s decision to promote the five officers, including Bengal DG G.M.P. Reddy, after a complaint of supersession by Nazrul Islam about the manner in which they had superseded him. Islam, according to his complaint, was stuck at the rank of ADG despite having the seniority to become a DG.

The five officers promoted as DG were Reddy, Raj Kanojia, DG (coastal), Vijay Kumar, DG (enforcement branch), Anil Kumar, DG (armed police) and Ravinderjit Singh Nalwa, DG (homeguard and civil defence).