At a time when former police officers and bureaucrats termed the Maharashtra Home Department move to wrest power to transfer and promote officers as excessive political interference,the police top brass itself is divided over appointment to a key post.
It is learnt that the members of Police Establishment Board (PEB),DGP Sanjeev Dayal and Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh,could not see eye-to-eye while considering potential candidates for the post of JCP (crime) in Mumbai.
Sources said while Dayal was keen on V V Lakshmi Narayana,a 1990 batch IPS officer and currently Joint Director CBI,Hyderabad,Singh opposed the move. Lakshmi Narayana is due to return to the state in June.
In CBI,he was heading the probe in the disproportionate assets case against Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. The Mumbai CP was miffed with the fact that the PEB had already met recently in his absence and discussed postings,sources said.
Around 10-12 days ago,a meeting of the PEB was called. However,Singh was unable to attend and had informed other members. The PEB held a meeting in his absence and discussed certain key postings. Around four days ago,the PEB met again. This time Singh attended. When the DGP recommended Lakshmi Narayanas name for the post of JCP (Crime),Singh opposed the move. A final decision is yet to be taken, said a source.
DGP Dayal said,The meetings of the PEB are confidential and,therefore,I do not wish to comment. Singh also refused to comment.
In the past,the police establishment was left fuming when Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patils office had overruled PEB recommendations and changed postings of 23 out of 28 officers who were joining the force after completing their probation.