Senior IPS officer Manoj Bhatt was appointed as the new chief of the Rajasthan Police on Sunday.
Bhatt will assume charge on Monday and serve as the Director General of Police (DGP) till July 2017.
The 1981 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer is replacing Omendra Bhardwaj, who retired on Saturday. The official order in this regard was released on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the Sunday’s order, Special DG (law and order) Navdeep Singh was the ‘officiating police chief’ of the state police. On Saturday, the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) had released a statement naming Singh as the ‘officiating DGP’.
Call it a technicality or an administrative delay in naming Bhatt as the next Rajasthan police chief, Singh ended up “assuming” that he would officiate as the DGP.
But Singh, himself, said the outgoing DGP had not given charge to anyone and there was no order from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) making him the
“When the DGP is in saddle, he sends out a letter, an enabling order, to all officers, in the Police headquarters about who would look after his charge when he is out of tours or on leave. Mr Bhardwaj did so for me since I am the senior most officers in his absence. But on Saturday, he went without giving his charge to anyone. There was no order in place. I don’t know who made me the officiating DGP,” Singh told HT.
Bhardwaj, meanwhile, said he waited for an announcement about his successor till the evening hours before leaving the office for one last time.
According to a former police chief, the convention is the new DGP comes to the police headquarters and inspects a guard of honour before assuming charge. The outgoing police chief then walks out and inspects the guard of honour.
This convention, the former police chief said, was not followed on Saturday.