The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to appoint the 1985-batch IPS officer Sanjay Kumar as its next Director General of Police (DGP),thus putting an end to speculation that a Punjab-cadre officer may have taken charge.
Currently on central deputation as the Chief Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Patna,Sanjay Kumar will succeed incumbent B Kamal Kumar,who retires on July 31.
A high level screening committee headed by Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy cleared Sanjay Kumars name on Tuesday evening ahead of his expected return to the state next week (July 21). He,however,will first join as the Additional Director General of Police (Law and order) and will later function as the DGP. His next promotion is only due in 2015 but the state government has decided to elevate him.
Sanjay Kumar will supersede two senior IPS officers – Director General of Police (Home guards) I D Bhandari,a 1982-batch officer and Somesh Goyal,a 1984-batch officer currently on central deputation with the SSB.
The development is significant as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh only decided to favour an officer from the states cadre following a row over the governments controversial move to seek the services of Punjab cadre IPS officer S K Sharma,a 1983-batch officer who had met Virbhadra sometime back. Reports claimed that former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had suggested his name to Virbhadra Singh.
The government had considered Sharmas services with chief secretary Sudripta Roy even directing the
Home department to get NOCs from the Union Home Ministry and the Punjab government.
The chief minister,however,reversed his own decision directed the chief secretary to withdraw the letter that had been sent to Punjab and the Home Ministry regarding Sharmas services.
When contacted at Patna,Sanjay Kumar said: I will be happy to serve the state on whatever position the government offers me. I will set out my priorities only on my return and will work to the best of my ability to serve the people of the state.
He has served as the Kullu SP and has held some other key positions in the state including a short tenure as the Shimla DIG. Kumar has also served in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and was a a Chief Vigilance Officer in the railway ministry.