Mumbai: Refuting allegations that the
appointment of D Sivanandan as new Maharashtra DGP was
influenced by a certain lobby, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan
Wednesday said the selection was done on the basis of merit.
"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...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 reporters here today.
On May 31, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sivanandan, a 1976
batch IPS officer, was appointed the new DGP superseding Hasan
Gafoor, an IPS officer of 1974 batch, and DG (Housing) P P
Srivastava of 1975 batch.
Director General (Anti-Corruption Bureau) Gafoor, who was
shunted out as city police commissioner after the 26/11
attacks, was a front-runner for the top job.
To a query, Chavan denied he had indicated that Gafoor
would be the next DGP. "I never indicated anyone`s name. I
said that he (Gafoor) was under consideration," he said.
59-year-old Sivanandan took over the charge from A N Roy
after handing over the reins of Mumbai Police Commissioner to
ADG (Special Operations) Sanjeev Dayal, a 1977 batch officer.