Mumbai, meet Subodh Jaiswal! Former RAW officer is our new top cop

Jul 01, 2018, 16:26 IST | Rahul Mahajani and Suraj Ojha

Subodh Kumar Jaiswal takes over the reins of the city from DD Padsalgikar

Mumbai, meet Subodh Jaiswal! Former RAW officer is our new top cop
Commissioner of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal (left) greeting outgoing Police Comissioner Dattatreya Padsalgikar at the Mumbai Police headquarters at Crawford Market on Saturday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, a 1985 batch officer, took charge as the new commissioner of police (CP), Mumbai, on Saturday evening. Previous CP DD Padsalgikar will take charge as director general of police (Maharashtra), as earlier incumbent, SC Mathur, retired on Saturday.

Jaiswal, 55, graduated with a BA in English degree from DAV College in Chandigarh and then earned an MBA in Business administration from Punjab University. Before this posting, Jaiswal was with the RAW, India's premier spy agency. He was posted in Aurangabad and Osmanabad as additional superintendent of police and then as superintendent of police (SP) in naxal affected Gadchiroli. He was also additional commissioner of police, Central region, in Mumbai and deputy inspector general (DIG) in the ATS. In June 2008, he left for Central deputation to RAW as joint secretary in the cabinet secretariat, with DG rank. He now returns to Mumbai as CP.

Commissioner of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal and Outgoing Police Comissioner Dattatreya Padsalgikar
Commissioner of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal and Outgoing Police Comissioner Dattatreya Padsalgikar

Jaiswal was the DIG in the special investigating team (SIT) that probed the Abdul Karim Telgi fake stamp paper racket, in which several IPS officers and politicians were arrested. He was additional CP in Mumbai when politician Pramod Mahajan was murdered by his brother in Worli. He was also in the ATS during the 2006 serial train bombings and the 2006 Malegaon blasts.

Among his colleagues, he is considered to be honest and incorruptible. However, Jaiswal may not have a long stint as CP as Padsalgikar officially retires as DGP in August. With Jaiswal being the next senior-most officer, her would progress to the DGP's position. But, word is that Padsalgikar could get an extension and Jaiswal's tenure may last eight months to a year. However, officials said, with his track record, the state government may want to continue with him for a longer time.

Politically, many say the Shiv Sena dislikes Jaiswal as he had probed the Telgi case in which many of the cops arrested had a rapport with the party. Also, when the Zee office was attacked, there were allegations of him going after the sainiks, a charge he has denied in private.

New CP says
Subodh Jaiswal said it was an honour and a proud moment for him to be leading the historic Mumbai police force. He said he would continue the good work done by seniors like Padsalgikar. He said the priorities of the police and basic policing would never change and the force would act as per the given circumstances. Asked about his stance on terror, he said it was a crime and he would address it just like his predecessors did. Jaiswal said he had a good team, many of whom had worked with him before and whom he has been in touch with even while on central deputation.

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