Developments in the corridors of power have ensured that politicians get the candidate they want as the Commissioner of Police (CP) of the city.
High-level discussions at Mantralaya indicate that decks are clear for Additional Director General (Law and Order) Ahmad Javed to take over as CP of Mumbai.
In order to facilitate the move, the newly constituted establishment board has recommended that one post of Director General (DG) be slashed.
Incumbent police commissioner Dr Satyapal Singh and Javed were next in line to be promoted to DG.
“But according to the recommendations, Ahmad will retain his current position as Additional Director General, and be the CP of the city,” said a senior functionary of the Democratic Front government.
The move comes at the behest of Congress leaders who wish Ahmad to be the city’s police chief, while the NCP want Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Rakesh Maria to take over, said the source.
Since the establishment board’s recommendations on postings and transfers are difficult to ignore thanks to Supreme Court directives, the state will not bypass it.
The state has six sanctioned posts of DG, of which two -- Home Guards and Security Corporation -- are vacant, which Singh and Javed were tipped to take over. Now, Singh is most likely to be appointed as DG, Home Guards.
A section within the Congress is said to be keen to appoint Javed, a 1980-batch IPS officer, as the city police chief on the eve of Lok Sabha elections.
The party is taking calculated steps to protect its interests, particularly in the wake of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s challenge to its ambitions, said the sources from government.
Politics behind Patnaik’s transfer
When the state government decided to transfer the then police chief Arup Patnaik in August last year, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had instructed that he be promoted, even though he was not in the promotion queue. A meeting of the department promotion committee was called to facilitate his promotion to the post of DG. He was then posted at State Security Corporation as DG, whose chief earlier used to be an officer of the rank of additional DG.