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Arup Patnaik is Mumbai's new top cop

Tuesday, 1 March 2011 - 1:52am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Ajit Parasanis takes over as DGP following D Sivanandhan’s retirement on Monday.

Outgoing director general of police D Sivanandhan is likely to be asked to shoulder the responsibility of the proposed Police University in the state. Home minister RR Patil on Monday said that the department needs the service of the officers like him even after retirement as his integrity and efficiency was never questioned.

Patil announced the appointment of Ajit Parasanis, DG Home Guards and an IPS officer of 1976 batch, as the new DGP after the retirement of D Sivanandhan on February 28. Arup Patnaik, additional DG (Highway Police), an IPS officer of 1979 batch, will be new police commissioner of Mumbai. He will take over from Sanjeev Dayal, who has been promoted as director general and posted to head the police housing department.

Parasanis has nearly four months left for retirement, while Patnaik has nearly one and a half years to serve as the commissioner before his due promotion.

“Parasanis was the senior-most officer with two prestigious medals to his credit, making the selection obvious,” said Patil. “Dayal is one of the most respected and upright officers, and in the rarest case in my experience, he made a request to relieve him at the earliest after his promotion to make way for the appointment of the deserving officer as the CP.”

Even after his criticism against the government machinery just two days ago, Patil termed Sivanandhan as one of most dynamic and respected officers with international repute. “We will seek his services, guidance and help even after his retirement. We haven’t decided yet about the responsibility to be given to him. I will have to speak to the chief minister and deputy chief minister in this regard,” he said.

Sources from the home department said that he will either be asked to shoulder the responsibility as the head of the university or be asked to shoulder the responsibility of guiding the government in bringing amendments in acts that are outdated.


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