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Balaji Srivastava is new Delhi Police chief

Currently Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) in Delhi Police, he will take charge from Commissioner S N Shrivastava, who retires Wednesday.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
Updated: June 30, 2021 11:03:10 am
Balaji Srivastav, Delhi police commissionerBalaji Srivastav’s name was finalised for the next Delhi police commissioner by the Union Home Ministry | Photo: Delhi Police

Balaji Srivastava, an IPS officer of the 1988 batch, was on Tuesday handed additional charge of Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

Currently Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) in Delhi Police, he will take charge from Commissioner S N Shrivastava, who retires Wednesday.

Srivastava was handed additional charge by the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has been chosen ahead of Mohd Taj Hassan, a 1987 batch IPS officer.

An order issued Tuesday by MHA Deputy Secretary (Services) B G Krishnan stated: “Consequent upon the superannuation of S N Shrivastava, Commissioner of Delhi Police, Balaji Srivastava will hold the additional charge of Commissioner of Police, Delhi, in addition to his regular charges until the appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”

This is the second successive time when a senior IPS officer has been given additional charge of Commissioner, Delhi Police, instead of a permanent appointment.

Earlier, S N Shrivastava was given additional charge in February 2020, and handed complete charge a month before retirement.

Balaji Srivastava has served as DGP, Puducherry, and DGP, Mizoram. In Delhi Police, he has worked as Special CP (Intelligence), Economic Offence Wing and Special Cell. He was also ADG (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), police said.

Srivastava served in the Cabinet Secretariat for nine years before returning to Delhi Police. An Economics graduate from St Stephen’s College, he completed his post-graduation from Delhi School of Economics and LLB from Delhi University.

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