05 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Politics and policing

Politics and policing

 

A 1992-batch IPS officer Dawa Sherpa has stirred a major controversy in Uttar Pradesh following his appointment as additional director general of police (ADGP) of Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home base. The state government has been accused of appointing the cop because of his past affiliation with the ruling party.

Sources say that Sherpa had sought voluntary retirement (VRS) in 2008 and reportedly joined the BJP to contest from the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat. However, his plea for the VRS was turned down by the Union Home Ministry as he had not completed mandatory 20 years of service. Reportedly, Sherpa was “missing” for four years and “rejoined” UP Police in 2012 as superintendent of police. He was promoted as DIG and again as IG in 2013 itself and was finally made ADG in January 2016.

It is certainly an odd case, of perhaps being the only officer in the IPS who was absent for four years, engaged in active politics and then returned to the fold. The UP Home Department however says that “nothing amiss” has been found in Sherpa’s service records. But many serving and retired IPS officers claim that the government is being “soft” towards the officer who is liable for dismissal from service for being associated with a political party.

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