Jammu and Kashmir is set to get a new police chief soon, as the current DGP retires this month. Both the BJP and PDP are reportedly in favour of a local officer being appointed.
Sources said the final choice could be DGP (Law and Order) S P Vaid, a 1986-batch J&K cadre officer. Vaid, currently DG (Prisons), was on Thursday appointed DGP (Law and Order), which is being seen as a precursor to his eventual appointment as DGP.
K Rajendra, the current DGP, retires at the end of this month.
Mehbooba’s first choice for DGP, which she had discussed with the Centre, was former Intelligence Bureau head in J&K and current Sikkim DGP Avinash Mohananey. Mohananey worked closely with former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
However, the Centre is learnt to have turned down her demand, suggesting that in view of the situation, a local hand would be a better choice.
Sources told The Indian Express that the state government had asked the Centre to grant three months’ extension to Rajendra, arguing that a new DGP at this stage could lead to more uncertainty.
However, a senior MHA officer said inputs received by the Centre accused the state police led by Rajendra of having “completely misread the ground situation”.
Meanwhile, the CM got a new Principal Secretary (PS) in B B Vyas, who was PS to her father when he was CM. The state Cabinet also transferred S K Mishra, Special DG (Coordination), as DGP (Prisons). It transferred Navin Choudhary, PS to the CM, giving additional charge of the post to Vyas, currently posted as Financial Commissioner, Planning Development & Monitoring Department.