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Mumbai police commissioner abruptly transferred

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | February 03, 2004 14:24 IST
Last Updated: February 03, 2004 20:36 IST

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday transferred three police commissioners, including Mumbai's P S Pasricha.

Pasricha, of the rank of additional director general of police, was promoted as director general of police and posted as managing director of the Maharashtra State Police Welfare and Housing Corporation.

Pune Police Commissioner A N Roy will replace Pasricha, sources said.

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Commissioner, State Intelligence, V N Deshmukh, will take over in Pune, while Nagpur Police Commissioner Jayant Umranikar will replace Deshmukh.

Joint Director (Central Bureau of Investigation), West Zone, D Shivanandan, has been promoted as ADGP and posted as Nagpur commissioner.

Pasricha said in Mumbai: "Chief Secretary Ajit Nimbalkar called me an hour ago and said I was being transferred...

"I don't know why it happened suddenly. Ask the administration."

He said he was "very sad that I didn't get proper time to implement my plans and ideas." He said he felt insulted.

Home Minister R R Patil said Pasricha has been promoted and hence is being moved to a new post. "With the promotion, he has become an officer of the rank of director general. The Mumbai police commissioner's post is held by an officer of the rank of additional director general," the minister said.

Pasricha, however, does not agree with this argument. "Officials like M N Singh, Roni Mendosa served as commissioner of police while holding DG post," he said.

Pasrich was made the commissioner of police when the force in Mumbai was going through its worst crisis. Some of its seniormost officers had been arrested in connection with the stamps scam.

Pasricha's brief was -- clean up.

"I was not given the time implement my ideas...I feel hurt," he said.

Asked if he was a victim of political manipulations, Pasricha said: "I can't please everyone."


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