UP DGP To Retire On January 31, Suspense Continues On His Successor
Lucknow, January 29 (TNA) With just two days for the incumbent DGP Vijay Kumar to retire, there is continued interest and suspense on who will be the next top cop heading the world’s largest police force. There is a possibility of getting acting DGP of the state for the fourth consecutive time, sources say as these four people including Prashant Kumar are in the race.
According to sources, the state government has not sent the proposal for the selection of a full-time DGP to the Union Public Service Commission, due to which there are chances of once again making an acting DGP. After the retirement of DGP Vijay Kumar on January 31, there will be many important changes in the state police.
The main contenders for the top post include DG CB-CID Anand Kumar, DG Prisons SN Sabat, DG Recruitment Board Renuka Mishra and DG Law and Order Prashant Kumar. Before this, DS Chauhan, RK Vishwakarma and Vijay Kumar have been made acting DGP continuously. For the last 21 months, the state police have had to manage with the acting DGP.
On January 31, DGP Vijay Kumar and DG Human Rights SK Mathur will retire. Vijay Kumar is also the DG of Vigilance, so after his retirement, Vigilance will also get a new chief. A new officer is also to be posted on the post of ADG Law and Order. According to the instructions of the Election Commission, officers posted at the same place for three years are to be removed, due to which transfer of many IPS officers posted at top posts is a certainty.
According to sources, the state government has not sent the proposal for the selection of a full-time DGP to the Union Public Service Commission, due to which there are chances of once again making an acting DGP. The government can appoint its favourite officer as acting DGP, under whose leadership the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted. In this equation, DG Law and Order Prashant Kumar, who is ranked 19th in the seniority list, is considered to have the upper hand. However, after Mukul Goyal, Anand Kumar is being considered as a contender because he is the most senior.
The state government had given priority to seniority in making the three acting DGPs. After Anand Kumar, in the seniority list, Shafi Ahsan Rizvi, Aditya Mishra, PV Ramashastri, and Daljit Singh Choudhary are on central deputation, and there is no possibility of their return. Whereas DG Ashish Gupta is posted in Rules and Manuals, Sandeep Salunke in Human Rights and Bijay Kumar Maurya is posted in Home Guard.
The government has given the important responsibility of the Recruitment Board to DG Renuka Mishra, who is ranked tenth in the seniority list, which is strengthening her claim. Although there is still a long time left for his retirement. DG Jail SN Sabat is in 12th place on the seniority list, who has successfully organized Prayagraj Kumbh in the BJP government.
Two DIGs are also retiring
Along with DGP Vijay Kumar and DG SK Mathur, two DIGs will also retire on January 31. These include DIG Intelligence Lallan Singh and DIG PTC Rajkamal Yadav. On February 1, ADG Training Tilottama Verma and ADG Vigilance Rajeev Krishna will be promoted to the post of DG.