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Government has appointed former IAS officer Deepak Gupta as a new chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He took over as the chairman of UPSC on 22nd November 2014 after the tenure of then UPSC chairman Rajni Razdan came to an end.
He is the first chairman of UPSC, appointed by breaking away from the tradition of appointing the top post from the serving members of the Commission.
As per convention, the UPSC chairman is appointed from among the members of the Commission. This time it was the turn of former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Alka Sirohi, to be appointed UPSC Chairman who is working as member in the Commission but instead non-member of commission Deepak Gupta was appointed.
About Deepak Gupta
- Deepak Gupta is a retired IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre of 1974 batch. He is younger brother of former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta.
About Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
UPSC is constitutional body which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others. It has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution and consists of a Chairman and ten Members; appointed and removed by President. The chairman and members of the Commission hold office for a term if six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
At present there are 10 members in UPSC
Alka Sirohi former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer, academician David R Syiemlieh, retired IFS officer Manbir Singh, former CBI Director Amar Pratap Singh, former Navy Vice Chief D K Dewan, former Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal, educationists P Kelimsungla and Hem Chandra Gupta, and former IAS officer Chhatar Singh are members of the Commission.
Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu was sworn in as the CJI (Chief Justice of India) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. He succeeds Justice R.M.Lodha, who was also appointed this year in April.
Justice Dattu began his career in 1975 in Bangalore, Karnataka where he practiced civil, criminal, tax and constitutional law. From 1983, he began appearing before the Karnataka HC (high Court), including as a representative of the government in various matters. He was appointed as a senior standing counsel for the Income Tax Department in 1995, from where he was elevated to the post of Judge at the Karnataka HC. He went on to serve as the Chief Justice in two High Courts: Chhattisgarh and Kerala. He has served in the SC since 2008. At the SC, he has been heading the bench which was monitoring investigations into the 2G Spectrum case.
Justice Dattu will serve as CJI for 14 months, and is set to retire on the 2nd of December 2015.