While former police officers and bureaucrats have described the Maharashtra home departments move to take away the power to transfer and promote police personnel from the DGP as excessive political interference,the police brass themselves are learnt to be divided on a recommendation for a key posting in the city.
The Indian Express has learnt that DGP Sanjeev Dayal and Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh both members of the Police Establishment Board (PEB) could not see eye-to-eye on potential candidates for the key post of joint commissioner (Crime) in Mumbai,the officer who heads the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.
Sources said that during a recent PEB meeting,Dayal pushed 1990 batch IPS officer V V Lakshmi Narayana for the post,but Commissioner Singh opposed the recommendation.
The PEB comprises,besides the DGP and Mumbai Police commissioner,additional DGPs for Law and Order and Establishment,and recommends police postings in the state.
Lakshmi Narayana,who is currently a CBI joint director in Hyderabad,is due to return to Maharashtra in June. He has investigated the Reddy brothers mining scandal and the Emaar Properties scam,and has been spearheading the probe in the disproportionate assets case against Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Commissioner Singh was apparently also upset that the PEB had met in his absence around a fortnight ago,and discussed postings.
Around 10 to 12 days ago,a meeting of the PEB was called. Singh had other commitments,and communicated this to the other members. But the PEB met in his absence,and discussed certain key postings. Around four days ago,the PEB met again. This time Singh attended,and when the DGP recommended Lakshmi Narayana for the post of Jt CP (Crime),the commissioner opposed it. A final decision is yet to be taken, said a source.
Asked for a comment,Dayal said,The meetings of the Police Establishment Board are confidential. I do not wish to comment. Singh too declined to comment.
The police establishment has earlier fumed at Home Minister R R Patils move to overrule PEB recommendations and change the postings of 23 of 28 new directly-recruited officers. Like always,the PEBs annual postings proposal was sent to the home department for approval on July 14,2011,following which the changes were made.