Anami Narayan Roy, one of the senior-most IPS officers in the state, was appointed director general of police [DGP] on Friday. Additional chief secretary Chandra Iyengar confirmed his appointment following a state government order.
This is the second time Roy was appointed to the top-most rank in the state police. Earlier, he was appointed DGP on March 1, 2008, but had to step down in February 2009 after the Bombay high court termed his appointment “arbitrary”.
A 1972-batch IPS, Roy had been the acting DGP ever since SS Virk
retired from the post on October 31, 2009. A panel comprising three senior officials from the state administration — Iyengar, chief secretary JP Dange and additional chief secretary Ramesh Kumar — submitted a report to the government last week, recommending three candidates for the DGP’s post.
Apart from Roy, Hasan Gafoor, a 1974-batch IPS slated to retire in December 2010, and PPP Srivastava, 1975-batch officer due to retire in January 2011, were in the fray.
The panel picked the candidates going by the Bombay high court directive, which said that the appointment should be made on the basis of seniority and the merit.
Roy turned out to be the obvious choice among the three. Srivastava is junior to him. Gafoor has been plagued by controversies ever since the terrorist attack on November 26, 2008.
Jayant Umaranikar had been another officer in the race at the time of Virk’s retirement. But he himself retired on December 31, and was out of reckoning.
Roy’s previous appointment as DGP was termed arbitrary by the high court, and he had to step down. The government was ordered by the court to appoint a new DGP following the proper process of empanelment.
Suprakash Chakravarthy, who retired as director general (anti-corruption bureau), had challenged Roy’s first-time appointment as DGP, alleging that the state had ignored other senior officers while appointing him to the post.
Roy has served as the commissioner of police, both in Mumbai and Pune. He is due to retire on May 31.