Shivanand Jha was appointed the commissioner of police of Ahmedabad. He took over the reins from SK Saikia, who retired from service on Monday. Confirming the development, SK Nanda, additional chief secretary, home, said Jha would continue to hold the post of additional director general of police (ADGP), law and order, in addition to his charge as CP. “Jha has been appointed as the CP of Ahmedabad. He will continue to be the ADGP of law and order as well as the ADGP of Intelligence Bureau,” said Nanda.
The 53-year-old Jha took charge from Saikia at the CP’s office at Shahibaug around 7.45 pm on Monday. A 1983 batch IPS officer, he is the batchmate of in-charge DGP Pramodkumar Jha.
Recently, Jha came into the limelight after state government made him the chairman of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing two alleged fake encounters and one custody death in Porbandar during the tenure of senior IPS officer Satish Verma. He had also been a member of the SIT probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
This is Jha’s third stint in the city. He had served as deputy commissioner of police (DCP) and additional commissioner of police (AdCP) in Ahmedabad.
During his 30-year-old career, Jha held several key posts, such as Range IG of Surat and Vadodara. In 2009, he was made the CP of Surat city. In 2011, Jha took over as ADGP, law and order.