New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed pleas of five states – Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar – seeking modification of its last year order on appointment of DGPs. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Urges EC To Merge Remaining Phases of Bengal Polls Into One Amid COVID Cases Surge

The five states wanted modification of last year order and implementation of local laws regarding selection and appointment of DGPs. Also Read - Bihar Groom Puts Lalu Prasad Yadav's Photo on Wedding Card, Appeals For His Release | See Pics

Dismissing the please, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that earlier direction on appointment of DGPs were issued in public interest to protect police officials from political interference. Also Read - EC Calls All-Party Meeting In Kolkata As COVID Cases Surge In Bengal, Discussion Over Poll Campaigns Likely

The top court had on Tuesday asked the UPSC secretary to personally appear before it Wednesday to apprise it whether the empanelment of IPS officers for promotion as director generals of police (DGPs) in states was being done by the commission.

The apex court had on December 12 last year, extended till January 31 the tenures of present DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and agreed to hear the states’ pleas seeking to implement their local laws regarding selection and appointment of the police chief.

DGPs Suresh Arora (Punjab) and B S Sandhu (Haryana) were due to retire on December 31 last year and now they will remain in office till January 31 as per the earlier order of the apex court.

Several states are seeking modification of the apex court’s earlier order directing all the states to mandatorily take the assistance of the UPSC in short-listing the names for appointing DGPs.

The top court, on July 3 last year, had passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and chronicled the steps for appointment of regular DGPs.

It had stated that the states will have to send a list of senior police officers to the UPSC at least three months prior to the retirement of the incumbent.