Mumbai: Mumbai Police Commissioner Dhanushyakodi Sivanandan, a 1976 batch IPS officer, has been appointed as the new Director General of Police of Maharashtra as the former police chief A N Roy retires on Monday.
Sivanandan’s appointment supersedes two senior IPS officers- Hasan Gafoor and PP Srivastava, the managing director of Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Ltd (popularly known as DGP, Housing).
Additional DG (Special Operations) Sanjeev Dayal will take charge as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner.
Overlooking of Gafoor for the top post comes days after the special trial court hearing the Mumbai attacks case found that some police officers had behaved in a ‘cowardly’ fashion during the dreaded attacks.
Gafoor, a 1974 batch IPS officer, was last year ‘promoted’ from the post of Police Commissioner of Mumbai to the office of DG, Anti Corruption bureau. Sivanandan was made the Commissioner in his place.
Commenting on the change in guard, outgoing DG Roy has said that this is a right decision.
“Both officers (Sivanandan and Dayal) are outstanding officers with a lot of experience. Only merit has been taken into consideration in taking this decision by the government,” he told reporters.
Sivanandan shot to fame during his momentous tenure as head of the Mumbai Crime Branch, when the police began gunning for the underworld in the late 1990s.
The four DGP posts in the state are DGP (Maharashtra), DGP (Anti Corruption Bureau), DGP (Housing) and DGP (Special Operations).
Those in the race for the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner included Additional DGP (Special Operations) Sanjeev Dayal, Additional DGP of State (CID) S.P.S. Yadav, Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and Additional DGP (Traffic) Arup Patnaik.