Policy in place to appoint Punjab VB chief director

The Punjab government Thursday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it has finalised a policy for the appointment of chief director of the State Vigilance Bureau.

Special Secretary (VB) Arun Sekhri told the court through an affidavit that the post will be filed from among IPS officers of the rank of DGP or ADGP. The selection committee will consist of the chief secretary as the chairman and principal secretary (Home) and secretary (Personnel) department as its members.

Sekhri added that the committee will prepare a panel of IPS officers with rank of DGP or ADGP having a minimum 25 years of experience in service. "The chief director 's tenure will be of one year, but the appointing authority may curtail it if the director gets promoted or is found convicted or charges get framed against him by the court of law and if his service gets suspended," the affidavit stated.

"The committee's recommendation will be put up before the chief minister, who will make a final selection," it added. The court was hearing two separate petitions were filed by lawyer H C Arora seeking Punjab and Haryana governments to formulate a proper procedure for the appointments of director or chief director of the state VB.

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