2 IPS officers go on leave, Maria’s appointment defended
Mumbai: Two senior IPS officers Javed Ahmed and Vijay Kamble who were in the race for the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner, went on leave today in protest against the appointment of their junior Rakesh Maria, a decision defended by the Maharashtra government.
Amid reported disconent among some senior IPS officers over the appointment of Rakesh Maria as Mumbai Police Commissioner, Maharashtra government on monday defended the move, saying there was nothing “unprecedented” about it.
“Nobody has expressed dissatisfaction to me (over Maria’s appointment)… there are no reasons for any such disgruntlement,” Home Minister R R Patil told reporters here.
Patil’s comments came after reports that Maria’s appointment as the head of Mumbai’s 40,000 strong police force has led to resentment. Two other contenders for the coveted post Vijay Kamble, ADG (State Highway Traffic) and Ahmed Javed, ADG (Law and Order), are reportedly miffed over being sidelined.
“If you look at the previous appointments to the post of Mumbai’s Police Commissioner, you will find that seniority is just one of the criterion while zeroing in on the final choice.
“We also take into consideration factors like the quantum of tenure left; in which branch he has worked earlier; what problems is the city facing now…The government weighs on all these factors and takes the final decision,” Patil said.
“As per the Supreme Court directives, the police establishment board was set up and it suggested three names. Though it is the prerogative of the government and it is a fact that till today seniority has not been the only criterion in these appointments. Despite all this, as far as possible, we consider seniority also but we have to take into account all the other things also,” Patil said.
“After all, the security of Mumbai city is the most important thing. So, others (read Kamble and a few other sidelined senior IPS officers) should not draw the inference that injustice has been done to them,” he said.
Senior IPS officer Rakesh Maria, who was heading the Maharashtra ATS, on sunday took charge as Mumbai Police Commissioner and stressed on adopting zero tolerance towards street crimes