Sanjeev Dayal, a 1977-batch IPS officer, on Tuesday took over as the new director general of police of Maharashtra from his predecessor K Subramanyam, who has retired.
Dayal, a former Mumbai police commissioner, was the obvious choice for the post after the incumbent DGP, K Subramanium, retired on Tuesday on superannuation.
Dayal was the director general (DG) of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) earlier. Raj Khilnani (also from the 1977 batch), who was the DG of civil defence, will take over from Dayal. The additional DG of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Sridevi Goyal, has also been transferred as DG, SRPF.
Apart from the three officers transferred on Tuesday, Praveen Dixit, DG of Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, was also in the fray for the post of the state DGP. According to officials from the home department, Dayal was the obvious choice for the post as his track record has been outstanding and he has a vast experience of working in Mumbai and Maharashtra.
Though Goyal and Khilnani were interested for the post, Dayal’s track record had an upper edge over the competitors. Dixit was reportedly not interested in the executive post.
Dayal was Mumbai’s commissioner for nearly a year from May 2010 during which there were major events, including Obama’s visit to Mumbai and the serial murders of girls in Kurla. He handled these cases successfully.
Dayal had also served in the Special Protection Group between 1995 and 2002, as a deputy commissioner in Mumbai’s western suburbs (zone VII) from 1982 to 1986 and as an additional commissioner between 1993 and 1955.