In a sudden development, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Haryana on Thursday shifted out director general of police (DGP) Shriniwas Vashisht, who had been appointed during the last Congress regime.
The 1981-batch IPS (Indian Police Service) officer was replaced by vigilance bureau chief Yash Pal Singhal, who is of the 1983 IPS batch. Singhal will have two-year tenure, since he retires in March 2017. Vashisht is now director general of the vigilance bureau, a post he held during the Congress rule also.
Vashisht, appointed state police chief in October 2012 by the previous government, somehow had held on to office even after Haryana’s first BJP government had taken over in October 2014. This probably did not go down well with the top BJP leadership. “As DGP, he was also drawing flak from colleagues for picking favourites for postings in the districts,” said an IPS officer.
The BJP sources have said that chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had made up his mind to let Vashisht continue for just a couple of months after taking over, and the appointment of Singhal as his successor was imminent. Vashisht was close to a former minister in the Congress government, which had helped him supersede his senior IPS colleagues. Previous chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had appointed him DGP after bypassing three IPS officers senior to him.
Meanwhile, Singhal, who joined office on Thursday, said his focus would be on improving law and order, catching drug peddlers, improving the functioning of the police stations and police posts, providing the department employees with more resources, and increasing the use of technology in investigations.