In the PIL No 360 of 2013 filed by Social activist Nutan Thakur challenging the present system of posting Station Officers who are junior to other Sub Inspectors in the same police station, the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench has directed Principal Secretary (Home) and DGP, UP to file personal affidavit about posting of Station Officers by 29 January. The Bench of Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice V K Dixit said that the post of officer-in-charge is specifically mentioned in the CrPC and there needs to be a definite procedure to post them. The High Court observed that this lack of procedure is increasing corruption in the Police Department.
In the petition, Thakur had said that posting junior Sub Inspectors as SO is not only against Administrative Law, it also results in inefficiency and corruption in the Department. Asok Pande argued the case for the petitioner while Bulbul Ghodiyal presented the State government.