KL Prasad, 1982 batch IPS officer and Navi Mumbai commissioner, submitted his application for voluntary retirement to the state government on Monday. He has requested the government to waive off the three-month notice period and relieve him at the earliest.
The 59-year officer, who is of the rank of additional director general of police, submitted a four-line letter to KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary, home. A decision on this will be made by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and, if accepted, the procedure will be completed in about eight days.
“We have received the application. The state government has the powers of decision on the application of the voluntary retirement as well as on the request of waiver of the notice period. The application will be sent to the CM soon,” Bakshi told HT.
Home department sources said it would be up to the CM to persuade the officer to stay back and serve the term. “Prasad has only 11 months to retire and is known to be an upright officer. The CM, who also holds the home portfolio, may persuade him to complete his term. Recently, an IAS officer of rank of additional chief secretary, changed his decision of voluntary retirement after the CM’s request,” the source said.
Prasad, a native of Andhra Pradesh and an MA in sociology, has been a prominent officer and before being named CP, Navi Mumbai. He was the CP of state intelligence department and the joint commissioner of police (law and order) in Mumbai during 26/11.
He was superintendent of police in several districts including Chandrapur, Thane rural; the deputy commissioner of police (detection) Mumbai crime branch and also under additional commissioner of the police central region. He has also done central deputation in the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).
Sources said following the transfer of 37 senior officers in mid-April, some of them were unhappy with their postings. Another bone of contention was that the government had transferred officers even before they completed their two-year tenure, they added.
In the past
This is not the first time a senior IPS officer has resigned just before his retirement. An IPS officer from 1981 batch, PK Jain, resigned a few days before his retirement in February last year. Jain later joined politics. He is at present with the police complaint authority, which probes into complaints against police officers above the rank of assistant commissioner of police.