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Centre rejects names of Bakhshi, Tripathi

THE CENTRE is reported to have rejected the proposal of the State Government to give Police Meritorious Service Award to IG, Lucknow, OP Tripathi and DIG, Gorakhpur, BB Bakhshi. Among other police officers, this year?s award has been given to three IPS officers Safi A Rizvi, GL Meena and Abhimanyu Tripathi. The name of DGP Yashpal Singh is still under consideration.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 01:03 IST
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THE CENTRE is reported to have rejected the proposal of the State Government to give Police Meritorious Service Award to IG, Lucknow, OP Tripathi and DIG, Gorakhpur, BB Bakhshi. Among other police officers, this year’s award
has been given to three IPS officers Safi A Rizvi, GL Meena and Abhimanyu Tripathi. The name of DGP Yashpal Singh is still under consideration.

Bakhshi, who was SSP Gorakhpur, recently got promoted as DIG. Bakhshi had been a controversial officer and was suspended during the Mayawati regime as SSP Lucknow. Tripathi, close to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, is due to retire soon. It is learnt the State Government has decided to appoint him as member Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.

While the police department had recommended the names of Tripathi and Bakhshi, highly placed sources said their names had been rejected on the adverse report from the central intelligence agency. Others in the list are additional SPs and Deputy SPs. The rewards would be given to the selected police officers during the forthcoming police week in February.

Safi Rizvi, who was till recently DIG Gonda range, has now gone on deputation to the Centre in the Intelligence Bureau. Rizvi recently shot into limelight for taking on the DGP’s wife Gita Singh, who had illegally captured a PAC bungalow in Gonda. Despite threats, Rizvi refused to buckle under pressure of higher ups in the department. Gita Singh, who had openly accused Rizvi of playing partisan role, had to vacate the bungalow.

DIG Lucknow GL Meena was recently shifted to the PAC sector Lucknow.

Abhimanyu Tripathi is in the Human Rights Commission as SP.

However, resentment is brewing among senior police officers over the method adopted in finalizing the awards. “There is no well-defined criteria”, commented an IG. Before sending the names of the officers for award in November last the DGP had written a letter to special secretary in Union Home Ministry AK Mitra (IPS officer of the UP cadre) to take up the issue with the Centre.

The police department had pointed out that there was no consistency in the selection of officers for President Police Medal (PPM) and Police Medal (PM).

There had been instances when officers got PPM first and PM later. Similarly, while the selection of direct IPS officers is on the basis of their batch, for their PPS counterparts duration in the service mattered. This has brought the two cadres at par when it came to awards.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 01:03 IST