Senior IPS officer Satish Mathur has been appointed as the new police chief of Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has appointed Satish Mathur (1981 IPS batch) as the next Director General of Police of Maharashtra, K P Bakshi, ACS Home, told PTI.
The post was earlier held by Praveen Dixit, an IPS officer of 1977 batch, who was posted in December last year.
Mathur, who succeeds Pravin Dixit, was appointed as the Director General, Anti-Corruption Bureau in the month of April.
Known as perhaps the first National Security Guard (NSG)-trained IPS officer, Mathur has held several crucial postings in the past, including his tenure with the CBI, when he was one of the officers who prosecuted the 1993 blast accused. It was during this case that the CBI team, comprising Mathur, for the first time gave the prosecution’s say to the court including hyper-links, where one could click on the name of an accused and all the details regarding him would appear. “Given that the case had 193 accused persons, the team led by Mathur came up with this arrangement for the first time,” an officer said.
Apart from CBI, Mathur was also the Director General, Legal and Technical, the first person to hold the post after it was created by the state to improve the conviction rate in Maharashtra. Mathur was also the Pune police commissioner and served a nearly five-year tenure with Air India on central deputation.