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Urgency, track record behind Maha DGP's extension: MHA to HC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Centre Tuesday told the that the tenure of Director

General of Police D D was extended after taking into account administrative exigencies and his meritorious track record.

The (MHA) filed its affidavit in response to a petition filed by R R Tripathi challenging the extension of service granted to

was appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) in June 2018. He was due to retire on August 31, 2018, but was granted extension of service for three months.

On November 30, 2018, granted another extension for three months to Padsalgikar.

"Taking into account the administrative exigencies, time required for fresh appointment of DGP, a request was made to the of Cabinet for extension of service of Padsalgikar for a period of three months," the affidavit said, adding the same was approved.

In its affidavit, the said the had in November 2018 requested to continue with Padsalgikar as DGP for a period of two years.

The request is pending, the affidavit said.

The affidavit also said that after Padsalgikar, the next senior-most was Subodh Jaiswal, who is presently police

Jaiswal was appointed as in June 2018 and hence, if Padsalgikar retired, Jaiswal would have also got a short tenure as

"In Maharashtra, the post of Police Commissioner, Mumbai, is as important as the post of of Police. Hence, both the DGP, Maharashtra and CP, need to have full tenure to have effective policing and create positive perception about in the state," the affidavit said.

It added that Padsalgikar has a meritorious track record and had served in both central and state governments with distinction.

"Therefore, the requested for a full tenure of two years to Padsalgikar from June 2018 to June 2020 even after his retirement," the affidavit said.

A division bench headed by N H Patil will take up the petition for hearing on Wednesday.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:06 IST