Senior IPS officer K Aravinda Rao on Tuesday took charge as the states new Director General of Police. The 1977 batch officer,who was DGP of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB),was appointed DGP by Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Monday night.
Rao succeeds R R Girish Kumar,who retired from service on Tuesday. At least five senior officers were vying for the post but Raos stint in the states Intelligence Department as Additional DGP,as well as in the Greyhounds,the elite anti-Naxal force,worked in his favour.
Considered the blue-eyed boy of late CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy,Rao also served as ACP in Hyderabad and IGP (CID).
The Chief Minister chose Aravinda Rao saying that given the present circumstances in the state he was best suited for the top job. Umesh Kumar now takes over as the new DG of ACB and Siva Sanker has been appointed as the chairman of AP Road Safety Authority.