The Central government has cleared the name of senior IPS officer Alok Verma as the next Delhi Police Commissioner, and a formal order is expected soon, senior government sources said Wednesday.
Verma, currently posted as director general of Tihar prison, is expected to take over from Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi, who will superannuate on February 29. He is likely to have a tenure of 17 months as the police chief.
Verma will take charge as chief of the Delhi Police in the wake of a controversy over alleged anti-India slogans raised during a protest march at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the subsequent police crackdown. Police have received flak for allegedly going slow against those who indulged in violence at the Patiala House Courts Complex.
Alok Verma became the director general (DG) of Delhi Prisons on August 6, 2014. Verma, a 1979-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, was posted as special commissioner of police (CP), administration, with Delhi Police.
Verma has held many posts in Delhi Police after he joined the AGMUT cadre. He was the deputy commissioner of police, south district, before being deployed on central deputation. He served as the Inspector General of Police in Andaman and Nicobar islands before returning to Delhi Police. He was appointed the joint commissioner of police, crime and joint CP, New Delhi range, before moving to Puducherry as the director general of police (DGP).
He returned to Delhi Police as special CP (intelligence), and later served as special CP, vigilance, as well. He then took charge as the DGP of Mizoram, before returning to Delhi Police as special CP, administration, considered the no. 2 post in the force.
He will also have to work with the Arvind Kejriwal government that has had repeated stand-offs with the Centre since it came to power a year ago.