Former Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Gafoor, who was shunted out after allegations of lapses in handling the 26/11 terror attacks, will take over as chief of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
The post of director general of the ACB, which Gafoor will now occupy, has been vacant since A.N. Roy was appointed state police chief.
Gafoor is among three senior Indian Police Service officers who were transferred by the government on Friday. Additional Director General (Law and Order), P.P. Shrivastava, has been promoted as Director General (Housing) replacing Gafoor and Additional Director General, Sanjeev Dayal, who resumed work after a year’s study leave, has been given charge of the special operations wing.
The special operations wing was created in 2009 to bring all special units under one command.
It has been vacant since senior IPS officer Jayant Umranikar, who had occupied it, retired on December 31.
Gafoor, who was police commissioner during 26/11 terror attacks, had received flak from the Ram Pradhan Committee that probed the attack, for ineffective leadership.
He also created in controversy when he gave an interview to a news magazine accusing four senior police officers of shirking their duty during the attacks.
The government had asked him to explain his statement, and Home Minister, R.R. Patil had prohibited police officials from speaking to journalists about contentious issues.