The Maharashtra government — in its first major reshuffle — transferred a total of 37 IPS officers on Monday.
With the reshuffle, the government has finally filled up the post of the sixth director general of police (DGP) by promoting SC Mathur, an IPS officer of the 1981 batch. Mathur, earlier posted as the Pune police commissioner, is now the state DG (legal and provision).
“The appointment of the DGP will help us improve the conviction rate in the state. After the announcement of action against public prosecutors for poor rate of conviction, the conviction rate in the state has jumped to 38% in February from January’s 28%. This was merely 18% last year,” said KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary.
The state has also created a new post of joint commissioner of police (JCP) to head the economic offences wing (EOW) of the Mumbai crime branch, taking the number of JCPs in the city to five. Dhananjay Kamlakar, earlier the joint commissioner of police (law and order), has been asked to head the EOW.
Earlier, the wing was headed by an officer of the additional commissioner of police (EOW) rank, who used to report to the joint commissioner of police (crime).
The creation of the new post of a JCP (EOW) was necessitated owing to the increasing economic offences in the city.
Kamlakar’s place as the JCP (law and order) will now be taken over by Deven Bharti, an officer of the 1994 batch, who played a crucial role in investigating the 26/11 terror attacks, and also had a long stint as both the deputy commissioner of police (crime) and additional commissioner of police (crime). Bharti was posted as special inspector general of police (law and order).
The other key transfer for the city was of Milind Bharambe, who has been appointed as the joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The entire 1989-IPS batch has been promoted as additional director general (ADG), while some of the officers of the 1997 batch were promoted as inspector general of police (IGP).
Two deputy inspector general (DIG) rank officials from the 1998 batch and one officer from the 1999 batch were also transferred.
Other significant postings in the city included the appointments of Madhukar Pande (1996 batch) as new the CP of Government Railway Police (GRP), D Kanakratnam (1987 batch) as ADG (railways), BK Upadhyay (1989 batch) as the principal secretary (special) home, Hemant Nagrale (1987 batch) as the ADG Mhada, Pravin Salunkhe (1995 batch) as the IGP coastal security, and Deepak Pandey (1999 batch) as the DIG state human rights commission.
In other major postings, DIG Shashikant Shinde (1998 batch) who was earlier the DIG, prisons, Nagpur, was transferred to Maharashtra state security corporation, while Vitthal Jadhav (1998 batch) was posted as the DIG, Nagpur prisons.