EC to decide on Delhi police chief’s service extension

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

New Delhi, Jan 15 The Election Commission will decide on giving extension to Delhi Police Commissioner or not as current commissioner Amulya Patnaik is set to retire on January 31 and Assembly elections in Delhi is scheduled to be held in February.

Dated January 8, the letter issued by the Deputy Secretary in Delhi government’s Ministry of Home Affairs, said: “Amulya Kumar Patnaik, a 1985 batch IPS officer and Delhi Police Commissioner, is completing his regular service on January 31, 2020. So, as per rules, he will retire from the post of Delhi Police Commissioner on this date.”

A copy of this special order has been sent from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to the Union Home Ministry.

Discussions on the commissioner’s retirement ahead of the Assembly polls got just more animated in Delhi Police and the country’s IPS lobby.

Questions doing the rounds include — Who will be the next Police Commissioner after Patnaik? Will the AGMUT cadre have an IPS officer or will it be someone from outside Delhi?

The MHA order became viral on social media.

The police officer further said: “It was also necessary to issue this order by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Delhi Government, so that the Election Commission could find an alternative to Patnaik and ensure that there is a commissioner in the chair of Delhi Police.”

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