SC issues notice to Govt on Virk's appointment

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New Delhi, Sep 14: The Supreme Court on Monday, Sep 14, issued notices to the Centre and Maharashtra government on a petition seeking appointment of S S Virk as the state DGP.

Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan pointed out that Virk has been appointed as DGP despite the fact that he is facing two departmental chargesheets issued by Punjab government for his series of misconduct while on deputation there.

Shanti Bhushan said, "There was one criminal chargesheet under Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code against Virk which is pending in a trial court of Mohali, Punjab."

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam also sought reply on the plea challenging the three months' extension granted to Virk as Maharashtra police chief though his superannuation was due on Jul 31, 2009.

The notices were also issued to Punjab government and Virk on the petition filed by an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL). The Court sought response from respondents within two weeks.

Virk was appointed as DGP of Maharashtra on March 12, 2009 and is superannuation was due on Jul 31, 2009.

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