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Tough officer Dayal,who halted Obama in his tracks,set to take over as top cop

Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Sanjeev Dayal — who had,as Mumbai police commissioner,famously refused to allow US President Barack Obama’s Cadillac to advance until US Secret Service snipers vacated unauthorised vantage points along the convoy’s route — is likely to be named the successor to Maharashtra Director General of Police K Subramanyam who retires on Tuesday.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | Mumbai | Published: July 31, 2012 7:03:13 am

Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Sanjeev Dayal — who had,as Mumbai police commissioner,famously refused to allow US President Barack Obama’s Cadillac to advance until US Secret Service snipers vacated unauthorised vantage points along the convoy’s route — is likely to be named the successor to Maharashtra Director General of Police K Subramanyam who retires on Tuesday.

Dayal,a 1977-batch IPS officer who hails from Delhi,enjoys immense goodwill among peers for his “impeccable integrity” and professional competence. In his 35 years of service,Dayal has held several key positions across the state. He has also had long stints with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Special Protection Group (SPG).

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s in business economics at Delhi University,Dayal was an IPS probationer in Nashik before being posted as additional superintendent of police in Nanded and later,Nashik. Between 1982 and 1986,Dayal was deputy commissioner of police,Mumbai Zone 7,after which he served as superintendent of police (SP) in Latur and Nanded.

Between 1988 and 1992,Dayal was on central deputation with the IB,following which he was posted as SP,Amrawati. From 1993 to 1995,he was additional commissioner of police,Mumbai’s North-West.

Dayal served with the SPG from 1995 to 2002. As external security chief in 1999,he was responsible for the security of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his historic visit to Pakistan. Dayal had stalled the PM’s cavalcade in Lahore for several hours,since local authorities had failed to ensure that the route had been cleared of threats. Despite protests from foreign ministry officials,Dayal refused to back down. He stand was vindicated when a police party sent to clear the route was attacked by militants.

Dayal returned from central deputation as joint commissioner of police (Administration) in Mumbai,in which post he worked to weed out malpractices in the police recruitment process. He began the system of unique identification numbers for candidates,so that their names would not be written on answersheets.

Dayal next served as director of the Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik. Juniors recall Dayal always joined the officers under his charge on their early-morning jog.

Dayal was then made responsible for maintaining law and order across the state as additional director-general of police (L&O). Following this,he was posted as additional DG (Special Operations),with the Anti-Terrorism Squad and Force One reporting to him.

On May 31,2010,Dayal took over as commissioner of Mumbai Police,and spearheaded the probe into the Nehru Nagar serial murders,which had led to panic in the eastern suburbs.

In November 2010,during Obama’s visit to Mumbai with his wife Michelle,Dayal earned praise from colleagues for refusing to allow Secret Service agents to dictate terms to Mumbai Police. With Obama and the First Lady seated inside Cadillac One,Dayal did not allow the presidential convoy to move for 11 minutes,until US snipers were cleared from unauthorised vantage point along the route.

Following his tenure as city police chief,Dayal was elevated as DG (Police Housing),before he took up his current posting as DG,ACB.

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