Chief Secretary S. Roy cleared that it was too early and premature to speculate regarding appointment of an officer from outside the State Cadre to the highest post in the Police Department as being reported in certain sections of the press. He said that the State Government keeps on doing correspondence from time to time with other States on the basis of applications received from the senior officers; however, there was no such move on the part of the Government to appoint Director General of Police from other State at the moment.
Roy said that the appointments were not made simply on basis of letters or applications received but it has to be done with the approval of Screening Committee and Council of Ministers. After clearances all applications are taken up with Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India with merits and demerits before such move is contemplated by the State Government, he said.
Even Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has also rubbished all claims that the state is getting in touch with the Punjab government to appoint a Punjab officer as its police chief. While talking to the press, Singh said that he has yet to take any decision on the appointment of the new director general of police.