A senior police officer has written to the home department seeking promotion as a Director General of Police (DGP).
KL Bishnoi, a 1985-batch IPS officer is currently the joint managing director of Maharashtra Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Ltd (MSPHC), an assignment which is in the rank of an additional director general of police or ADGP.
Bishnoi is due to retire next month and has been eligible for promotion since August. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi said, “Bishnoi has been considered for a DG-level post and his appointment cleared by the scrutiny committee.”
In his letter addressed to Bakshi, which was reviewed by The Indian Express, Bishnoi wrote: “One post of DGP in Maharashtra is lying vacant (arising due to retirement of Pravin Dixit on July 31, 2016). I am the senior most Addl. DGP. Hence I request you kindly to promote me to the rank of DGP.” The letter was sent on September 14.
Bishnoi confirmed that he sent the letter but declined to comment further. “I have sent the letter but would not like to comment on the issue,” he told The Indian Express.
According to sources, Bishnoi’s promotion had been put on hold by the home department as the government was yet to decide on who should head the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). “If Bishnoi is elevated to the post of DGP, then the government has to appoint the DG (ACB), as that’s the only DG-level post vacant currently. Among the DG rank officers, Rakesh Maria is the senior-most,” a source said.
This is not the first time that a senior police officer has expressed his views on postings and appointments. In February 2014, the appointment of Maria as the Mumbai police commissioner left several IPS officers disgruntled.
“Retired IPS officer Vijay Kamble refused to take charge as the Thane Police chief while Ahmad Javed went on leave, prompting the then home minister, RR Patil, to intervene and convince the two to continue with their appointments. When the BJP government came to power, both these senior officers, who were sidelined, were appointed as the ACB chief and the Mumbai city commissioner respectively, an officer said.