The Supreme Court today has directed the Home Secretaries of all the States to file affidavits giving details of vacancies in Police service at all levels within four weeks.
The vacancy in Police service was an “important issue, a Bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar observed”.
If a State failed to file an affidavit, it would “ensure the presence of Home Secretaries along with necessary records to assist the court in disposal of the matter, the Bench, also comprising Justices N.V. Ramana and D.Y. Chandrachud, said.
The court was hearing about a petition filed on deteriorating law and order situation in the country due to a large number of vacancies in police service at all levels in all the States.
“As it is an importance of the issue we want the Home Secretaries of all the State governments to file affidavits in this court depicting the necessary position. In order to ensure compliance of the order, we hereby direct respondent number one [the Centre] to communicate the instant order to the Home Secretaries of all the State governments within one week,” the Bench said.
The petitioner mentioned in his petition that there were around 5.42 lakh vacancies across the country.