MUMBAI: Director general (legal and technical) Hemant Nagrale (58) on Thursday took over as Director General of Police from Subodh Jaiswal, who is all set to take over as the DG of the Central Industrial Security Force. An IPS officer of the 1987 batch, Nagrale will hold additional charge till a regular DGP is appointed. Home minister Anil Deshmukh said a regular DGP will be appointed soon after following the due process prescribed by Supreme Court. “We will submit the list of the 3 seniormost DGs to the Centre,” he said.
On the seniority list, Jaiswal is followed by Sanjay Pande (1986 batch, in charge of Home Guards), Bipin Bihari (Police Housing Corporation), Surendra Pandey (prisons) and Nagrale (legal and technical), all belonging to the 1987 batch and Mumbai CP Parambir Singh (1988 batch). According to reports, the state will submit the names of Sanjay Pandey, Nagrale and Parambir Singh to the Union home ministry as Bihari is set to retire on January 31 and Pandey on February 28. As per SC norms, only officers who have more than six months left for retirement are considered for appointment as DGP. If a senior cabinet member is to be believed, Nagrale appears to be the frontrunner for the DGP’s post.