Home Minister R R Patil Saturday indicated changes in the top police hierarchy in the next few days and a likely new police commissioner for Mumbai.
The departmental promotion committee has approved elevation of several IPS officers to DG post. We will announce these decisions in the next few days, Patil said.
The retirement of 1977 batch officer Sridevi Goyal,DG Home Guards,has created a vacant DG spot.
The State has five Director General posts held by Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal,DG (Anti- corruption) Raj Khilnani (who is also set to retire in a few months),DG police housing Praveen Dixit,DG security corporation Arup Patnaik,besides Goyal.
Goyals retirement has left a DG position vacant and there are strong possibilities of Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh being elevated to the DG rank.
In case Singh is promoted to a DG rank officer,the government will have to upgrade the Mumbai Police Commissioner post from that of an Additional Director General of Police-rank post to that of a Director General-rank post for him to continue as Mumbai police chief.
There have been demands from officers that post of Mumbai CP be upgraded to DGP rank to avoid officers getting shorter tenures at the helm. Singh has served as the city commissioner for eight months.
If Singh is elevated as DG and the post of Mumbai CP is not upgraded,the most likely candidate to assume Singhs post would be Additional DG Law and Order Javed Ahmed. However he is also said to be in line for a promotion to DG rank.