Ex-SPG chief Durga Prasad appointed special DG of CRPF

  • Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2015 02:28 IST

The Centre on Saturday night appointed K Durga Prasad, previously sacked as the director of the Special Protection Group, as the special director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Prasad, a 1981 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, was unceremoniously removed as chief of the SPG — which provides security to the prime minister, former prime ministers and their family members — during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Nepal to attend the Saarc summit.

In another crucial appointment, the Modi administration appointed DP Sinha, special director of the Intelligence Bureau as secretary, (security) in the cabinet secretariat.

Sinha was in the race for IB director but the government chose Dineshwar Sharma to head the country’s premier internal spy agency.

Sinha is 1979 batch IPS of Manipur Tripura cadre and has been working in the IB for a long time. Ashok Prasad, who was also special director of IB and lost the race for the top job, was made special secretary (internal security) in the ministry of home affairs in place of Prakash Mishra, who was moved as DG, CRPF. In SPG, the government had appointed Vivek Srivastav, a Gujarat cadre IPS as IG and deputy director while no director has been appointed.

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