Subodh Jaiswal appointed new Mumbai Police Commissioner, Datta Padsalgikar takes charge as DGP

Subodh Jaiswal appointed new Mumbai Police Commissioner, Datta Padsalgikar takes charge as DGP
Subodh Jaiswal took charge as the new police commissioner of Mumbai on Saturday

Senior IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal on Saturday took charge as the new police commissioner of Mumbai, while Datta Padsalgikar, whom Jaiswal replaced as the top city cop, took over as the Director General of Police, Maharashtra.

Padsalgikar succeeded outgoing DGP Satish Mathur, who retired yesterday.

Jaiswal (55), a 1985-batch IPS officer, was deputed to the Centre as additional secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, and was serving in the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).

The state government had recently written to him, asking whether he was interested in returning to Maharashtra.

Jaiswal had earlier served in the Mumbai Police and also in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, during which he successfully handled several high profile cases.

He was the chief of the Special Investigation Team which probed the multi-crore Telgi fake stamp paper scam and had unearthed the nexus between some top police officials and the scam accused.

While serving as a deputy inspector general (DIG) of the ATS, Jaiswal probed the September 2006 Malegaon blast case. He also served Pune as Additional Police Commissioner.

Speaking to the media after taking charge, Jaiswal said, “I would like to thank state government to give this responsibility to me to lead Mumbai Police. It’s a moment of pride for me. Will be following the legacy of seniors who lead Mumbai Police.

“There is always good coordination between Mumbai Police and Central agencies. We will continue that, my experience of RAW will help us here,” he added.

He could have a brief tenure as the Mumbai police commissioner if he is promoted as the next DGP in the event of Padsalgikar’s retirement on August 31. Jaiswal is the second-most senior IPS officer after Padsalgikar in the state.

However, Padsalgikar can get a longer tenure, as a recent Supreme Court judgement laid down that once appointed, a DGP should have a fixed tenure of two years notwithstanding his or her date of superannuation.

IPS officer Sanjay Barve (1987 batch) was said to be another contender for the post of the Mumbai police commissioner.

Barve, recently promoted as director general, is currently the managing director of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation and is also holding the charge of state intelligence department.

With agency inputs

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