Mumbai, September 6, 2013(TNN): High-level changes are on the cards in the Indian Police Service (IPS) following the appointment of Director-general of police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal, on deputation to the Centre, as Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) head.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told TNN on Thursday that his ministry had approved the appointment and an order will be issued in a day or two.
But a veteran bureaucrat said that IPS and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers from Maharashtra are reluctant to take up assignments in New Delhi, “so it is wrong to blame the home minister”.
As per the seniority list of State IPS officers, Dayal is followed by Anti-Corruption Bureau director Raj Khilnani, director-general (housing) Raj Khilnani, Maharashtra State Security Corporation managing director Arup Patnaik and Mumbai police commissioner Satya Pal Singh.
Since Khilnani retires on September 30, Dixit, an IPS officer of the 1977 batch, Patnaik (’79 batch) and Singh (’80 batch) are in line for consideration as DGP. A senior home department official said, “The Supreme Court has observed that while appointing the DGP, he should be selected from among the three senior-most IPS officers in the state.”
Singh was due for promotion as DG on April 1, and following the retirement of Khilnani, additional DG Ahmad Javed, an IPS officer of the 1980 batch, is due for promotion as DG.
The bureaucrat observed that Singh, who will retire on June 30, 2015, is emerging as the top contender for appointment as DGP.
Significantly, owing to the unexpected appointment of Dayal, hectic lobbying is on for the city police chief post.
If chief minister Prithviraj Chavan appoints the new chief on the basis of seniority, additional DG Vijay Kamble (’80 batch) will be the main contender. Otherwise, additional DGs Prem Kishan Jain, Satish Mathur, A K Sharma, Rakesh Maria and Meeran Borwankar are up for consideration.
The bureaucrat said that it would finally be the chief minister’s prerogative.