Less than a year before he is due to retire from service, Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner K L Prasad Monday sent an application to the office of the Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal, seeking voluntary retirement.
DGP Dayal said, “Prasad has not specified a reason in the notice. It will be sent to the state government, and the government will take a decision.”
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Sources claimed that the 1982-batch IPS officer, who took over as Navi Mumbai top cop on February 28, 2014, was expecting to be made Thane police commissioner after the post was recently vacated by Vijay Kamble. Kamble was promoted and appointed as DGP, Maharashtra State Security Corporation, after K P Raghuvanshi retired, and Prasad was expecting to be appointed as the former’s successor. The post went to Parambir Singh, a 1988 batch IPS officer, instead.
“Prasad felt that someone six years his junior being given the post was unfair and had been talking about seeking voluntary retirement ever since. The move does not come as a surprise to all of us, as some of us were aware of his intention,” claimed an IPS officer.
Another IPS officer, who met Prasad at a social function five days ago, said, “Prasad spoke about renovating his flat at Jasmine Society in Bandra (East), where several IPS officers have flats, so that he could stay there after retirement. However, he did not that he would be seeking voluntary retirement so soon. He was due for retirement in April next year.”
Prasad could not be reached for comment despite several attempts. Prasad has served on several posts in Mumbai, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX), DCP (Detection), Joint CP (Law and Order) and Joint Director, Anti Corruption Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation. He has also been the superintendent with Thane (Rural), Parbhani and Chandrapur police forces, and has also served a stint with the Intelligence Bureau. His batchmates include 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare, besides Ashok Sharma, who is now retired.