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SC summons Home Secys of 6 states over vacancy in police

New Delhi, April 17 : The Supreme Court took strong note on Monday of huge vacancy in police force in six states, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and asked their Home Secretaries to either personally appear or depute an officer to assist it.
A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar referred to the vacancy in the states–Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, and summonsed the home secretaries or officers not below the rank of the joint secretary authorised by them for assisting it on Friday.
The bench, also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul, said the data, mostly pertaining to 2013, indicated that there were huge vacancies in police force in various states and said, “We endeavour to monitor the filling up of vacancies.”
It said there were more than 40,000 and 1.5 lakh vacancies in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. The six states have been asked to provide the roadmap as to how they endeavour to fill up the vacancies with the apex court fixing the plea filed by Manish Kumar for monitoring by it on April 21.