MUMBAI POLICE commissioner Ahmad Javed plans to write a book detailing all the important events of his 36-year-long service soon after he takes up the assignment of being India’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Javed will formally hand over the charge of the Mumbai police commissioner on Saturday and is slated to take up his new assignment in the next two weeks. Dattatray Padsalgikar, senior IPS officer recently repatriated to the Maharashtra police is expected to be the new Mumbai police commissioner, with the handing over slotted for Saturday at 4 pm.
“I did have had some crucial postings like serving in the Delhi police when the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. It was like witnessing history first hand. There have been several important instances during my service that I could include in the book,” Javed said while addressing the city press for the last time from the seat of the commissioner. He clarified that his book “will not be voluminous, as he wants people to read it.”
After being asked for the umpteenth time about the rumour that he did not take salary and took Rs 1 as a token gesture, Ahmad said he would want to know where this rumour started from.
“So many times I have been asked about this at several stages in my career. All I will say is that I take whatever is due to me from the government as salary,” the commissioner said. He adds, “Nothing more.”
Asked about his trait of wearing a starch cotton uniform as against the norm of wearing terrycot shirts currently, the Delhi St Stephen college alumnus, said, “To be honest, policemen of yore wore cotton shirts. However later most people switched to terrycot. I find cotton shirts more convenient to handle. Also, I see many young officers switching back to cotton shirts,” the 1980 batch officer said.
When asked about the challenges he faced during his nearly five month long tenure, he said, “From the time I took charge, there were a number of upcoming festivals with some of them falling on the same day. The fact that we could handle all these high profile events including the Republic day arrangement gives me great satisfaction,” he said. Commenting on the fact that two of the most high profile cases handled by the Mumbai police, the Sheena Bora murder case and the Chhota Rajan extradition being transferred to the CBI, he said that “they were done due to professional reasons”
Ahmad, who had agreed to take the Mumbai police online with the launch of the Twitter handles, said that he was sure even after he is no longer the commissioner, the police twitter handles will remain as active. “It helped us get a lot of transparency and direct connect with the people. I am sure the practise will continue.”