Reshuffle in Delhi Police, Meena gets independent charge as anti-corruption branch chief
Despite being promoted to the rank of a special commissioner last year, Meena held the additional charge of joint commissioner of police, New Delhi range. He was appointed to the ACB in 2015, a move that led to a tussle between then L-G Najeeb Jung and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.delhi Updated: Jul 04, 2017 23:57 IST
More than half-a-dozen officers have been transferred in Delhi Police in a reshuffle of top and middle-level officers. Senior officers Mukesh Kumar Meena and Om Prakash Mishra have been relieved from Delhi Police.
Meena, a 1989-batch IPS officer who had been holding two key positions – special commissioner of police (New Delhi range) and chief of the anti-corruption branch (ACB) – will now independently head the ACB as a special commissioner.
Ajay Chaudhary, a 1996-batch IPS officer, will assume charge as joint commissioner of police (New Delhi range), said an order issued by the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
Chaudhary was an OSD (officer on special duty) to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Chaudhary will also head Delhi Metro and Railway police.
Despite being promoted to the rank of a special commissioner last year, Meena held the additional charge of joint commissioner of police, New Delhi range. He was appointed to the ACB in 2015, a move that led to a tussle between then L-G Najeeb Jung and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Soon after his appointment, the Aam Aadmi Party government moved an application in the Delhi High Court against his appointment as the ACB chief. But the high court refused to remove Meena from the post.
The induction of five Bihar policemen in the ACB by the Delhi government also triggered a turf war between the then L-G and the AAP government. Meena too objected the appointments.
The ACB is investigating the alleged PWD scam, in an FIR was registered against a firm belonging to Kejriwal’s late relative Surender Kumar Bansal. The ACB is also probing the alleged R 400-crore water tanker scam in which Kejriwal’s private secretary Vaibhav Kumar was questioned in May.
Among other transfers, TN Mohan, special commissioner of police, general administration (GA), has been tasked to head the police’s vigilance wing. The incumbent Delhi police chief Amulya Patnaik was heading the vigilance wing before his appointment as the commissioner of police.
Rajesh Malik, a 1986-batch IPS officer, who was posted in Arunachal Pradesh, will return to Delhi to replace Mohan. Atul Katiyar, a 1997-batch IPS officer, will assume charge as JCB, special branch.
K Jegadesan and Narendra Singh Bundela have been appointed as joint commissioners of police of training and headquarters, respectively.
Om Prakash Mishra, a 2003-batch IPS officer, has been transferred to Chandigarh and will replace 2000-batch officer Alok Kumar. Gaurav Sharma and Ved Prakash Surya have been transferred to Delhi and have been appointed as additional deputy commissioners of police of southwest and Shahdara districts, respectively.