State Police Complaints Authority chief’s appointment on hold as no HC nod
Chief minister Manohar Parrikar's decision to appoint Justice (retd) R M S Khandeparkar as chairman of the Goa State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA) has been kept in abeyance as the Bombay high court's chief justice's consent for the appointment was not sought.
Khandeparkar's appointment was announced in the assembly on the winter session's last day and the home department had issued the order appointing him as SPCA chairman on January 31, 2013.
He was due to assume office on February 1
SPCA sources said, "As the appointment was done without obtaining consent from the chief justice of the Bombay high court the order has been kept in abeyance."
Last week the state home department referred Khandeparkar's name to the high court's chief justice for his consent and the department is awaiting a reply.
Sources said SPCA was mandated by the Supreme Court to look into complaints of misconduct against police and without seeking the high court chief justice's consent the government cannot appoint a chairman to the authority.
SPCA has been defunct since January 25, after former chairman Justice (retd) Eurico Santana da Silva, submitted his resignation to the governor. The decision to appoint Khandeparkar without following required procedure and later keeping the appointment order in abeyance has further delayed the functioning of SPCA, sources said.
Sources said there are around 50 cases pending before the authority, which has been functioning in Goa since April 2007. It has pronounced over 200 orders.
Khandeparkar is also heading the high powered committee looking into the report of the Shah Commission on illegal mining in the state. [TOI]