Ending a day-long suspense, Andhra Padesh Government finally issued an order appointing Indian Police Service Officer of the 1977 batch, Mr K. Aravinda Rao, as the new Director General of State Police.
He takes the place of Mr R.R. Girish Kumar who retired on Tuesday from service on attaining the age of superannuation.
Mr Aravinda Rao is currently the Director General of State, Anti-Corruption Bureau. He was the Additional Director General of State Intelligence Department when Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy was the Chief Minister and also held important posts like the Additional Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Inspector General of Police (Greyhounds) and IGP (Crime Investigation Department).
There was an intense competition for the DGP’s post as a few officers senior to Aravinda Rao and a couple of his batch mates too were in the race.
Principal Secretary, (Home) Mr P. Gautam Kumar, Director General of Special Protection Force, Mr A. Sivasanker, DG of Vigilance and Enforcement Department and Additional Director General of Police (Logistics) Umesh Kumar were short-listed for the DGP’s post along with Mr Aravinda Rao.
Though Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, was said to have cleared Mr Aravinda Rao’s name for the DGP’s post on Monday evening, a formal order was not issued keeping everyone guessing.(PTI)