The Karnataka government Friday appointed senior IPS officer Kamal Pant as the new Bengaluru City Police Commissioner. The official notification was issued a couple of days before the completion of the one-year tenure of incumbent Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.
Rao was appointed as Bengaluru’s top cop on August 2, 2019.
Incidentally, the newly-appointed Police Commissioner — a 1990 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer — took over charge from his batchmate Rao.
A postgraduate in Applied Geology, 56-year-old Pant was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service at the 2007 Republic Day. Later on the occasion of Independence Day in 2014, he was awarded the same under the Distinguished Service category.
Previously posted as the ADGP (Intelligence) since August 2, 2019, he had led the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe cases of corruption in the office of the Karnataka Lokayukta.
B Dayananda, a 1994-batch IPS officer, has now been appointed as the new ADGP (Intelligence).
As per the order, Rao is posted until further orders as the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Internal Security Division in Bengaluru. P S Sandhu, who handled the charge, was promoted as Director General of Police (Criminal Investigation Department, Special Units, and Economic Offences) on Thursday.
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