The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Friday allowed the application challenging Dinkar Gupta’s appointment as Punjab DGP. CAT allowed the application filed by senior IPS officers Siddharth Chattopadhyay and Mohammad Mustafa.
Mustafa, a DGP who heads Punjab’s anti-drug special task force, had moved the tribunal saying he had been ignored for the post despite fulfilling the criteria. Chattopadhyay, another DGP-rank officer, had also moved the tribunal.
Dinkar Gupta, a 1987 batch IPS officer, had succeeded Suresh Arora. In his previous stint, Gupta was posted as Director General of Police, Intelligence, Punjab, which involved the direct supervision of Punjab State Intelligence Wing, State Anti-Terrorist Squad and Organised Crime Control Unit.
He had served as SSP of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts for more than seven years during the terrorist phase in Punjab. He also served as DIG (Jalandhar Range), DIG (Ludhiana Range), DIG (Counter-Intelligence), Punjab, and DIG (Intelligence), Punjab, till 2004.