In a sudden development, Ahmad Javed, the Director General of Home Guards, yesterday took over as the city’s 39th Commissioner of Police from Rakesh Maria, who was promoted to the rank of Director General and will now occupy the same post that Javed is vacating.
Ahmad Javed took over as the 39th Police Commissioner of Mumbai yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate
In Javed, a decorated police officer from the 1980 batch, the Mumbai Police will get as their chief a man who knows the city in and out, having previously served as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and order) and Additional Commissioner of Police. Javed has also previously served as the police commissioner for Navi Mumbai and Solapur.
Addressing the media from the Commissionerate in Crawford Market as controversies continued to swirl around his appointment (see box), Javed said, “My priorities are the security of women and children.
I want to concentrate on service delivery and bringing in transparency in the Mumbai Police. “The system is already in place but there is a need to make it effective so that the common man gets justice. With the Ganpati festival nearing, it is important to keep tabs on anti-social elements.”
Javed added that his focus would also be on new-age crimes like cyber and economic offences and that he wanted to strengthen the force to deal with such crimes. He will, however, only get less than six months at the coveted post, with his retirement slated for January 31, 2016.
In the early 2000s, Javed, who belongs to an aristocratic family, had found himself at the centre of a controversy, with several people pointing out that he was a regular in the Page 3 and Bollywood circuits and used to party a lot.
A police officer’s character in Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie Page 3 was also reportedly inspired by Javed. Tongues had begun to wag about Javed’s commitment to his work, but the talk gradually ceased as he began to distance himself from the party circuit.
Miffed Javed had protested Maria’s appointment; now Maria’s protesting
>> Ahmad Javed had been peeved when his junior, Rakesh Maria, who is from the 1981 batch, had been appointed the CP instead of him last year, and Javed’s appointment to the post has brought the issue to the fore again.
>> Questions are being raised on how a junior-level officer had become the commissioner superseding the senior and how the senior has now replaced him at the post.
>> In Feb 2014, Maria had taken charge as the Mumbai Police commissioner — a prestigious post — superseding his senior, Javed, who was then promoted by the Cong-NCP government as DG, Home Guards, a post that does not have much to offer to an officer.
>> “Maria managed to get the post of Commissioner of Police as he was very close to some NCP leaders who helped him take the posting superseding seniors like
IPS officer Vijay Kamble, who was made Thane Commissioner of Police and Ahmad Javed, who became DG, Home guards,” said a police officer.
>> Javed and Kamble had both protested at the time by not coming to work for a week and only when the government convinced them did they resume work. Some IPS officers, like Prem Krishna Jain, had even resigned, as they were upset with the government’s system of appointing people.
>> Javed could have never thought that he would become the Commissioner as he had already been promoted as Director General of Police and the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner is held by an officer of the rank of Additional DGP, which is a lower post.
>> After the announcement by the CM yesterday, however, Javed immediately rushed to take the charge, with Maria left in confusion by the sudden announcement.
>> The tables turned, with Maria proceeding on leave to protest against the government’s decision.
>> Ahmad Javed graduated from the University of Delhi (St Stephen’s College) and joined the Indian Police Force in 1980
>> Had a stint with the Delhi police between 1983 and 1985 (the period of Sikh Militancy and assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi)
>> Served in various capacities all over Maharashtra, including as the Superintendent of Police, Buldhana and Nanded.
>> Served as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Mumbai and DCP (Nashik City)
>> Served as Commissioner of Police, Solapur (1997-2000)
>> Between 2000 and 2002, was the Additional Commissioner of Police (Central and South Region), Mumbai
>> Took over as Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order (Mumbai), served till 2005. During this period, he was praised for controlling the city well during the twin bomb blasts of August 25, 2003
>> Was the Navi Mumbai Commissioner of Police from 2010 to 2012
>> Was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious service in 1996.
>> Awarded Director General Police Commendation Insignia in 1996.
>> Awarded the Police Medal in 2004.