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SC clears decks for appointment of over 3,500 Sub-Inspectors, Platoon Commanders in UP Police


The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for selection and appointment of over 3500 Sub-Inspectors and Platoon Commanders in Uttar Pradesh Police, which has been stalled for over six years.

The apex court stayed the directions passed by both benches of the High Court at Allahabad and Lucknow from time to time. It 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 erstwhile Samajwadi Party government’s attempt to take it forward also did not yield results due to multiple litigations.The incumbent 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. It said training will be continued and completed till the last among the 3533 candidates undergoes the training.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.

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