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Dadwal to be new Delhi top cop

July 25, 2007 00:39 IST
Yudhvir Singh Dadwal, officer of 1974 batch, would succeed Dr K K Paul as the Delhi commissioner of police. A formal announcement is likely to be made soon in this regard. Dadwal and Kiran Bedi, first woman Indian Police Service officer of 1972 batch were the only contenders for the post.

Gopal Sharma, director general of Jammu and Kashmir police, had almost been selected but due to stiff resistance from within the rank and file of Delhi police forced him to opt out and he was considered for posting as director general of the Central forces.

Mrs Bedi, Magasaysay Award winner, had a controversial past. She left her postings in Mizoram and Goa half way through
under mysterious circumstances. In fact Mizoram faced public unrest when she got medical quota from Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. She had a tiff with the advocates in the Tees Hazari court when she handcuffed some of the advocates.

She, according to her detractors, had become unpopular both in the force as well as in the home ministry.

Dadwal too has a controversial past. He was present at Tamrind Court party at which Miss Jessica Lal a model was shot dead by Manu Sharma -- son of congressman Venod Sharma.

Dr Paul moves over to Union Public Service Commission to take the place of Gurbachan Jagat, former director general of Jammu and Kashmir police.
Onkar Singh in New Delhi