Mumbai, 16 February (PTI): The Mumbai Police finally got its new police commissioner on Sunday, when 1981 batch IPS officer Rakesh Maria took charge as the police commissioner. However, the appointment of Maria as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner has created resentment among the other two officers who were in race for the Mumbai Police top job.
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The prestigious post of Mumbai Police Commissioner was finally filled on Sunday, with Ex-ATS chief Rakesh Maria formally took charge of the city’s police commissioner. The Mumbai Police Commissioner’s post has been lying vacant from last 15 days after the then Satyapal Singh resigned to join politics. Since the time of Singh’s resignation there was a neck to neck race among three IPS officers whose name was considered for the top job. However, on later Saturday night Rakesh Maria’s name was declared thus leaving other two IPS officer Ahmed Javed of 1980 batch and Vijay Kamble of 1981 batch sulking. Even though Javed has been promoted to the rank of DG (Home Guards) and Kamble being declared as Thane Police Commissioner, both of them are yet to take charge of their new responsibilities.
According to a highly placed source in Maharashtra Police, both Javed and Kamble are miffed with the Maharashtra government for the way the entire issue of Mumbai Police Commissioner was handled by the Home Ministry and the Chief Minister. Even though there is no rivalry among all the three officers, but Javed and Kamble feel that they have become victim of government’s laid back attitude. A source close to Javed told on the condition of anonymity, “Javed feels that he missed the chance of being the Mumbai Police Commissioner due to lethargy of the government in clearing the file of the new police commissioner in the month of April and May”.
The ex-Mumbai Police commissioner Satyapal Singh was due for a promotion in the month of April, however the Home Ministry sat on the file of his promotion for months together and kept on extending Singh’s tenure as the Mumbai CP, once the file from the Home Ministry was cleared, the chief minister’s office procrastinated over it. If the file for Singh’s promotion and appointment of new police commissioner would have been cleared on time then Ahmed Javed, 1980 batch officer would have been the most favourite candidate to fill up the CP’s post considering him being the senior most among the others.
Even Vijay Kamble, who was front-runner till Saturday afternoon was upset with the new postings. Since the time the commissioner’s post was vacated by Satyapal Singh, it was hinted that Kamble would be chosen to head the post as he was senior to Maria as well as a Dalit police officer. It was also rumoured that the country’s Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was lobbying hard for Kamble. However, now that both the officers have lost the race, they are exploring options to express their resentment to the government. According to a source, Javed might think of taking a voluntary retirement or might just quit the force. Even Kamble might not take charge of Thane Police Commissioner to express his feelings.
[ Additional report sources : Sahil Joshi and Divyesh Nair ]