Maharashtra DGP Subodh Jaiswal likely to resign from his post, angry over Udhav’s misuse of police

The Director-General of Police (DGP) in Maharashtra, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is reportedly not happy with the Thackeray government regarding the recent reshuffle of some IPS officers. DGP Jaiswal alleged that Maharashtra Government is misusing their power.

Jaiswal was appointed Maharashtra’s Director General of Police (DGP) on 28 February 2019. The 1987-batch IPS officer has served as managing director of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation.

According to reports, Maharashtra Government transferred around 50 senior police officers as well as lower-level officers in the month of September without the consent of DGP Jaiswal. DGP Jaiswal’s opinion was reportedly neglected by the Maharashtra government while reshuffling the officers which strained the relations with the DGP and the state government. Following this, DGP Jaiswal has decided to leave the state police and will soon complain to the central government.

“He was not comfortable with Uddhav and Deshmukh over postings and transfers of IPS officers. The DGP felt there should be fixed policy on postings and transfers, while the political leadership took a different view. The political leadership contended that the DGP should not interfere with police transfers”, a senior police officer told Times of India.

Refusing to continue to work with the state govt, DGP Jaiswal had sought NOC from the state government for a central deputation, which was immediately granted by CM Thackeray and state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. It must be noted that the arbitrary transfer and political interference of the Thackeray government are not only in the police department but also in other departments.

If reports doing the rounds are to be believed, then DGP Jaiswal is likely to join the National Security Guards (NSG) as the Director General (DG) in the following weeks. DGP Jaiswal, who is a 1985 batch IPS officer, is going to retire on September 30, 2022.

After working with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for a long time, Jaiswal joined as Mumbai police Chief on July 1, 2018. He was promoted as the DGP on March 1, 2019 after he predecessor Datta Padsalgikar retired on superannuation.

The officer said Jaiswal wrote to the state home department that instead of revamping the police force, only officers who have completed two years should be shunted out. He said postings in naxal-infested areas should be mandatory. There are 22 IPS officers who have never worked in naxal-infested areas.

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