In a major reshuffle, chief of the Delhi Police’s elite anti-terror unit, S N Srivastava, was transferred to the Recruitment Cell and Delhi Armed Police 3rd Battalion.
The Special Commissioner of Police of Recruitment Cell and DAP, Arvind Deep, was made the new in-charge of the Special Cell.
Nine officers of Deputy Commissioner of Police and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police rank were also transferred.
“Srivastava had joined the Special Cell in 2012. During his tenure, nearly 37 terrorists from four separate modules were arrested. These include 22 from Indian Mujahideen and seven from Lashkar-e-Taiba,” said a senior police officer.
But in the last three years, Srivastava also faced criticism over the arrest of Liaquat Shah, said sources.
The National Investigation Agency had recommended departmental action with severe punishment against at least five officials of the Special Cell for allegedly fabricating a case against Shah and projecting him as a ‘suicide attacker’ from Hizbul Mujahideen.
The Special Cell was also embroiled in a controversy over the “encounter” death of businessman Manoj Vashisht.
He died during a scuffle with personnel from the anti-terror unit at a restaurant in May.
In the wake of the incident, Srivastava wrote to Deputy Commissioner (Special Cell) Sanjeev Yadav, who
supervised the team that carried out the operation, and asked why he had not been informed and his consent sought before the operation. “In his official communication, Yadav had later apologised for his mistake, for not informing his chief,” said sources.