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Maharashtra in a spot over choice to the post of DGP

Current DGP Satish Mathur retires on June 30; most officers in fray are either nearing retirement or not preferred by govt

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2018 00:56 IST
Surendra P Gangan
Surendra P Gangan
Hindustan Times
Mumbai police commissioner,DGP,Maharashtra
Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar is in the running for the post of state police chief(HT Photo)

The state is in a spot over the appointment of the new director general of police (DGP) after current DGP Satish Mathur retires on June 30, as officers in the fray are either nearing their retirement age or not on the government’s list of probables.

Mumbai police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar (1982 batch) is the frontrunner for the coveted position. While Padsalgikar will retire in August, the state may give him an extension of three months. An extension is given under the Death Cum Retirement Benefit Rules in exceptional cases such as general elections or natural calamities, with permission from the Centre. None of the DGPs has served less than three months in the recent past.

Sanjay Barve (VCMD, Maharashtra State Security Corporation) and Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh are the frontrunners to occupy Padsalgikar’s post. If the government picks Singh, it will have to downgrade the post of police commissioner to the rank of ADG. In such a case, Barve may be appointed as head of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB).

It will be a tough call for the state. SP Yadav (DG, legal and technical), who is next in seniority to Padsalgikar, will retire in September. Sanjay Pandey (DG, home guards), who was at loggerheads with the state and moved court against it too, is next in seniority to Yadav, but the government is not keen on his appointment. If denied the opportunity, Pandey may move court against the decision, citing a Supreme Court ruling that stated the top three officers must be considered for the post of DGP.

Following him are two director generals Sanjay Barve and Bipin Bihari (DG, police housing). Barve is keen on the post of Mumbai police commissioner, said an official who is in the know of things.

Two officers in the race had previously faced serious charges in two high-profile cases of criminal conspiracy and housing scam, but they came clean in the inquiry.

“To avoid altercation and technical glitches, the state approached Jaiswal (1985 batch), who is on Central deputation in the cabinet secretariat to return to state. But he has not responded to the offer. He is keen in serving Central agencies like RAW,” said an official from the CMO.

According to an IPS officer, Jaiswal met officials from the CMO and discussed the option of returning to state service after Padsalgikar’s retirement.

There is a buzz in the bureaucracy that the state may keep the post of DGP vacant, on the lines of Gujarat, which is awaiting a DGP for more than one-and-a-half years. However, the government officials have struck down the possibility. “Transfers and promotions are done in April or May. The delay is reportedly because of differences between the CM, DGP and former additional chief secretary SK Shrivastava over a few names,” said the officer.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 00:56 IST