The drubbing of the Congress in the recent Andhra by-poll was widely expected, but further embarrassment for the Kiran Reddy government has flowed, unexpectedly, from the Hyderabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which has set aside the appointment of V. Dinesh R
eddy as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy was appointed by the state government ignoring the claim of Gautam Kumar, a senior IPS officer of the 1975 batch, who then approached CAT on being superseded.
Sources say that the state government had similarly bungled last year when CAT had set aside the appointment of K. Aravinda Rao as DGP. So this makes it twice in a row! The tribunal has now directed the state government to appoint a new officer within three weeks. Hopefully, the government will manage to find someone who can stick to this hot seat! n