Pathak, man behind traffic plan, among cops shifted
New Delhi: The ministry of home affairs on Thursday transferred 1990-batch IPS officer special commissioner Dependra Pathak, the chief spokesperson of Delhi Police, to Andaman and Nicobar islands as director general of police. The move may affect the ambitious intelligent traffic management system project which is at a critical stage.
The current ADG at Andamans, Nuzhat Hassan, has been transferred back to Delhi before the completion of her tenure. She had gone there last May. Her husband, Mohammed Taj Hasan, is without any post as of now. Both are likely to get posted as special commissioners in wings like administration and women safety.
Tajender Luthra, another 1990-batch IPS officer, has been brought back to Delhi from Chandigarh and 1989-batch officer Sanjay Baniwal sent there. Special commissioner S K Gautam has been brought back to Delhi from Puducherry and 1989-batch officer Sundari Nanda transferred in his place.
In the coming days, Goa is likely to get a new DGP and Muktesh Chander, who was recently promoted, called back to Delhi Police. Chander has been heading traffic earlier.
Sources said there are three prime contenders — Luthra, R P Upadhyay and Satish Golcha — for the post of chief of law & order of south zone, which has been lying vacant for a fortnight. Luthra could also get Crime Branch or EOW. Special commissioner Praveer Ranjan, who is currently heading the intelligence wing, may also get a plum post. The post of joint commissioner (Special Cell) is also lying vacant since M M Oberoi was promoted as special commissioner.
LG Anil Baijal is likely to take a call on postings by Monday after consulting police commissioner Amulya Patnaik.