The Punjab authorities on Saturday appointed VK Bhawra as the brand new Director-Basic of Police.
Mr Bhawra was picked from a listing of three candidates provided by the Union Public Service Fee; others on the listing have been Dinkar Gupta and Prabodh Kumar.
The appointment – the third in round 100 days of Chief Minister Charanjit Channi’s transient tenure – comes shortly earlier than the Election Fee publicizes dates for subsequent month’s polls.
It additionally comes as Punjab Police (and the state authorities) finds itself within the crosshairs of the centre over the safety lapses involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy this week.
Outgoing Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya and different senior officers have all been summoned by a Union House Ministry group that’s inquiring into circumstances that led to the Prime Minister’s motorcade being held up on a flyover in Ferozepur district for 20 minutes.
Viresh Kumar Bhawra may have a tenure of two years (minimal) and replaces Mr Chattopadhyaya – who himself was solely appointed in December -as the Congress-ruled state’s high cop.
Mr Chattopadhyaya was given cost after his predecessor Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota was changed.
Mr Sahota’s appointment in September had triggered (yet one more) row between Navjot Sidhu, chief of the Congress’ state unit, and the Chief Minister, who had chosen Mr Sahota for the job.
Mr Sidhu – whose feud with Amarinder Singh led to him quitting the celebration to arrange his outfit and ally with the BJP – made no secret of his dislike for Mr Sahota and then-Advocate-Basic APS Deol.
He was believed to need Mr Chattopadhyaya to turn into the state’s high cop.
Mr Sidhu needed Mr Deol and Mr Sahota – each appointed by Chief Minister Channi – to be sacked over the 2015 sacrilege and police firing case.
APS Deol had represented two accused cops and Iqbal Sahota was the top of one of many SITs fashioned by the then Akali Dal authorities, which Mr Sidhu has blamed for failing to make sure justice.
In November, bowing to incessant strain from Mr Sidhu, Chief Minister Channi had dismissed Mr Deol because the state’s high lawyer.