The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday revoked the transfer orders of Sanjay Kundu (IPS:1988:HP), Director General of Police, from his position as Principal Secretary Ayush, effectively reinstating him as the Director General of Police.
Kundu was initially removed from his role as Himachal DGP and reassigned as Principal Secretary of the Ayush Department following a Himachal Pradesh High Court order. The court had raised concerns about allegations of Kundu interfering in an ongoing criminal investigation and attempting to exert pressure on a businessman who claimed to have received threats from his partners.
The withdrawal of the transfer order aligns with a Supreme Court directive that overturned the Himachal Pradesh High Court’s decision to oust Kundu as DGP. The Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, leading the bench, issued the order after hearing Kundu’s plea challenging the January 9 HC decision that rejected his petition to reconsider the earlier directive for his removal as police chief.
While setting aside the high court’s directive, the Supreme Court specified that Kundu would have no control over the investigation conducted by a special investigation team (SIT) into the matter.
On January 9, the high court had dismissed the review petition seeking to recall the December 26, 2023, orders. These orders directed the home secretary to transfer Kundu and others to positions where they would have no opportunity to influence the ongoing investigation.