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Maharashtra to appoint new police chief shortly

Hours after city top cop RS Sharma proceeded on leave, the state Govt declared that it would decide on the new incumbent shortly.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2003 12:54 IST

Hours after city Police Commissioner RS Sharma proceeded on leave on Friday in the wake of his indictment in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, the Maharashtra Government declared that it would decide on the new incumbent shortly.

The Government would declare the appointment of the new Mumbai Police Commissioner in two to three days, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajit Nimbalkar told reporters.

Nimbalkar said Sharma was due to retire on November 30 and the Government had decided to appoint the new police commissioner 15 days before his superannuation.

He said Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had gone through the report submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sharma's alleged role in shielding prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi. However, he would take few days to take a decision on it.

The Chief Secretary said that Sharma's leave application was approved by the Government on Friday and Dr Satyapal Singh, Joint Commissioner of police, has been given the charge of acting Commissioner of Police for the time being.

In the leave application, Sharma said, "To maintain the high traditions and the dignity of the office I hold, and further in view of some adverse report against me by SS Puri, I would like to proceed on leave until I clear myself from the alleged charges of which I am confident."

First Published: Nov 15, 2003 02:52 IST