Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan today said that legal process was followed to appoint D
Sivanandan, who superseded two senior IPS officers including
Hasan Gafoor, as State Police Chief.
"The DGP selection was done according to the legal
process. Recommendations made by the committee headed by Chief
Secretary have been considered for the DGP selection. He
(Sivanandan) was selected on the basis of merit," Chavan told
To a query, the Chief Minister denied he had indicated
that Gafoor would be next DGP. "I never indicated anybody`s
name. I said that he (Gafoor) was under consideration," he
Newly appointed DGP Sivanandan, a 1976 batch IPS officer,
superseded Gafoor, an IPS officer of 1974 batch and DG
(Housing) P P Srivastava of 1975 batch.
Asked if the decision was influenced by south Indian
lobby pressure, Chavan said, "There are no lobbies. I do not
take decision on the basis of any lobby. All are Indians
before me and I take decision in appropriate manner."
On the Pune blast case, the Chief Minister said, "Matter
is under investigation. I cannot comment on the matter unless
the probe is completed."