The Gujarat government has decided to promote the 1986 batch IPS officers to the rank of additional DGPs, after a four-year delay.
The promotions were reportedly put on the backburner after IPS officer Satish Verma, also from the same batch, took the government head-on in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) alleging that it tried to harm him because of his breakthrough in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case which he investigated as part of the Gujarat High Court-appointed SIT.
He has been challenging his transfer to Junagadh Police Training College too.
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Chief Minister Anandiben Patel is said to have taken a decision this week to clear the pending promotions of this batch and promote the officers as ADGPs.
Verma and his batchmates — Vadodara Police Commissioner Satish Sharma, Junagadh Range IG E Radhakrishnaiah, SC/ST Cell IGP Vinod Mall and IGP Keshav Kumar who is currently on deputation to the CBI, have been at the rank of inspector generals of police till now, whereas their batchmates across the country had already been promoted.
The state government had been stalling the decision every year despite the Assembly elections in December 2012 and Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
During the Assembly elections, the state not only faced the issue of a permanent DGP, but also that of senior IPS officers of additional DGP ranks to supervise the districts during elections.
Confirming the development, a senior officer from the Home Department told The Indian Express, “This was a long-drawn issue pending to be approved and the new CM agreed to clear it. The decision has been taken with the top ministers and officers regarding this batch and they will get the promotions within days.”
He added that the Departmental Promotions Committee was likely to meet soon to clear the promotions.
This promotion will add to the strength of the IPS officers in the state that are only 10 at present. The additional DGPs have been handling the post of commissioners in the four cities, except Vadodara Commissioner Satish Sharma, due to the stalled promotions.