IPS officer Pramod Kumar moves Madras High Court for being considered to the post of Tamil Nadu DGP

Acting Chief Justice T. Raja and Justice R.N. Manjula grant two weeks' time to the State government to respond to his writ petition. Incumbent DGP C. Sylendra Babu is to retire from service on June 30, 2023

May 24, 2023 09:54 pm | Updated May 25, 2023 01:32 pm IST - CHENNAI

Pramod Kumar, IPS officer. File

Pramod Kumar, IPS officer. File | Photo Credit: S. Siva Saravanan

The Madras High Court on Wednesday granted two weeks to the Tamil Nadu government for responding to a writ petition filed by Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Pramod Kumar to consider him, too, for the post of Director-General of Police (DGP).

Acting Chief Justice T. Raja and Justice R.N. Manjula accepted a request made by State government Pleader P. Muthukumar to grant him time to obtain instructions from the government on promoting the 1989 batch officer.

In his affidavit, Mr. Kumar had said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested him in 2012 in an extortion case connected with the Pazee forex scam. Then, he was serving in the rank of Inspector General of Police but got suspended from service.

Subsequently, his suspension was set aside but the promotion to the post of Additional Director General of Police in 2014 and subsequently to the post of DGP did not come forth, though his batchmates and juniors were promoted.

Since the incumbent DGP and Head of Police Force C. Sylendra Babu is to retire from service on June 30 this year, the petitioner sought a direction to the State government to consider his name as well, along with others for the coveted post.

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