Mumbai : With the present Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed’s tenure to get over on Saturday, speculation is rife over who will lead the city police. Datta Padsalgikar, a 1982 batch IPS officer may be the new Commissioner of Mumbai Police, confirmed official sources from Mumbai Police.
According to sources, Padsalgikar has returned to his parent cadre after a successful stint in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the country’s capital and is eligible to be promoted to the rank of Director General of Police (DGP) as the Fadnavis government, while naming Ahmad Javed as Mumbai’s top cop had elevated the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s rank to DG level from Additional Director General (ADG).
“Mr Padsalgikar is the only senior most ADG rank officer so there are higher chances for him to be named as the new Commissioner of Mumbai Police,” a top official from the Home Department said.
Since Javed was set to retire on January 31st, many faces like Subodh Jaiswal (1985 batch), Sanjay Barve (1987 batch), K.K. Pathak (1983 batch) and V.D. Mishra (1984 batch) topped the list for aspirants to succeed Javed. However, some of these officers had less than 6 months to go before they were eligible for promotion to the post of DGP, thus, making their tenure short if appointed as Mumbai CP and hence, the state government was reportedly not in favour of these officials, said the official.
Padsalgikar, an officer who has served a major part of his 17-year-career in IB, has also served as its Additional Director since April 2014.
Padsalgikar is known to be an IPS official of high integrity and credibility and now will be the 40th police commissioner of Mumbai.
While officials have denied commenting on Padsalgikar’s recruitment as Mumbai Police Commissioner, the news has gone viral on Twitter.