Ahmad Javed is next envoy to Saudi Arabia

Mumbai : Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed has been appointed as the next ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Friday. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. Javed was appointed the city police chief on September 8 after his high-profile predecessor Rakesh Maria was shunted out because of the extra interest he was showing in the Sheena Bora murder case. He had even personally interrogated the accused in the case, which is unusual action on a police chief’s part.

Javed is an upright officer and wears a different shade of khaki, literally and figuratively. Born into a royal family, Ahmed may have led a privileged life — he graduated from Delhi’s prestigious St Stephen’s college and joined the Indian Police Service in 1980 — but he is no stranger to the rough and tumble of Mumbai’s crime world. The city saw bomb blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar during his tenure as additional CP (law and order). He also served the Delhi Police between 1983 and 1985 when the capital burned during the anti-Sikh riots in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

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