A list of five senior DG rank for officials is sent to the UPSC by the state government as per the Supreme Court guidelines.
Vijayawada: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has not yet recommended the name of N. Sambasiva Rao for the post of Director General of Police (DGP) to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), with this result that Mr. Rao continues as an in-charge DGP. There is reportedly a huge demand from the lobby to replace Mr. Sambasiva Rao with a 1985-batch officer.
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The exercise of appointing an in-charge DGP as a regular DGP usually takes nearly four or five weeks after getting clearance from UPSC, but in Mr. Samba-Siva Rao’s case, the appointment has been kept on hold for three months.
A list of five senior DG rank officials is sent to UPSC by the state government as per the Supreme Court guidelines. After scrutinizing the list, UPSC will short listed, three candidates. The state government then selects one of these three officers to be the DGP.
There are seven IPS officers other than Mr. Sambasiva Rao in the DGP cadre. Two of them, S. A. Huda (1979 batch) & S.V. Ramana Murthy (1981 batch) are senior to Mr. Sam-basiva Rao (1984 batch).
Four IPS officers of the 1985 & 1986 batch were given DGP rank: M. Malakondaiah, R.P. Thakur, Gowtham Sawang & Vinay Ranjan Ray. Mr. Rao is the third senior-most IPS officer in AP cadre. While he is expected to get an appointment, a senior IPS officer expressed his doubts as state government has been tardy in sending its list to UPSC. It looks like the government is deliberately dragging its feet in the appointment of the DGP, the officer said, & have added that it is not best practice to prolong this process.
Another police officer who does not want to disclose his identity was of an opinion that the government intends to appoint a 1985 batch IPS officer as an alternative of Mr. Sambasiva Rao. He added that the Chief Minister is hesitating to take decision because he is being pressurised by a lobby.