Yogi Adityanath shunts out DGP Javeed Ahmed, transfers 12 IPS officers
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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Javeed Ahmed was on Friday shunted to a less important post by the Yogi Adityanath government, which transferred 12 IPS officers in the first big reshuffle in the top police hierarchy.
1980-batch IPS officer Sulkan Singh, who was DG (training), will replace Ahmed, a 1984-batch IPS officer, who has been shifted as the DG of Uttar Pradesh provincial armed constabulary (PAC), a senior home department official said here.
Singh is likely to have a brief stint as the state police head as his superannuation is due in September. ADG (law and order) Daljit Singh Chowdhury and ADG economic offence wing (EOW) and logistics Aditya Mishra have swapped places in the transfer, which came a month after Yogi Adityanath assumed office.
The chief minister has not minced words in sending out a strong message that law and order was his government’s top priority and any laxity in this regard would not be tolerated. During the recent assembly polls, the BJP had petitioned the Election Commission to remove Ahmed, alleging that he was working at the behest of the then-Samajwadi Party government.
DG (intelligence) Jawahar Lal Tripathi has been made DG (prosecution) and DG (homeguards) Alok Prasad has been given additional charge of training. Surya Kumar has been relieved from post of DG (prosecution) and will continue as DG police recruitment and promotion board.
ADG (security) Bhavesh Kumar Singh has been made ADG (intelligence), ADG Police Training School, Sitapur, Vijay Kumar has been made ADG (security) while Alok Singh, who was on the waiting list, has been made IG PAC (eastern zone). IG Sanjay Singhal has been made IG PAC (central zone). IG women powerline Navneet Sikera has been relieved from the charge of PAC (central zone) but will continue on other posts.
Earlier in the day, the state government transferred 7 IAS officers, including some divisional commissioners. Principal secretary, science and technology, Himanshu Kumar, who was transferred as divisional commissioner Devipatan division, will remain on his post, while CEO, UP rural road development authority, S.V.S. Rangarao, will be new divisional commissioner of Devipatan division.
Among others transferred included DM Jhansi Ajay Kumar Shukla, who will be divisional commissioner, Chitrakoot division, and secretary, khadi, Anurag Yadav, who has been sent to the institutional finance department in the same capacity.
Noida Metro Rail Corporation MD Santosh Kumar Yadav has been put on the waiting list while investment commissioner Amit Mohan Prasad has been given Yadav’s charge.
The state government had on Tuesday shunted out tainted vice-chairman of Lucknow development authority (LDA) Satyendra Singh while effecting a major bureaucratic reshuffle involving 44 IAS officers in the second such drill in less than a week.
Singh, who is mired in controversy over alleged corruption in LDA, was put on the waiting list on the day the Adityanath government completed one month in office.
In its first major bureaucratic reshuffle on 12 April, the state government had transferred 20 senior IAS officers, shunting out principal secretary (information) Navneet Sehgal and others, who wielded considerable influence under the Akhilesh Yadav dispensation. Sehgal was stripped of all key charges and replaced by UP cadre IAS officer Avanish Kumar Awasthi, who was relieved by the centre on Aditaynath’s request after he took over the reins of the state on 19 March.