LUCKNOW The UP authorities on Wednesday appointed director-general (legislation and order) Prashant Kumar because the acting state police chief, the fourth such appointment in a row over the previous 20 months. Kumar will change acting DGP Vijay Kumar.
Kumar is a 1990 batch IPS officer with over three a long time of expertise at varied essential posts together with ADG (legislation and order) and ADG (Meerut Zone) within the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP authorities since 2017.
Senior state authorities officers confirmed that Prashant Kumar, who is thought for his policing and administration expertise, has been appointed because the acting DGP. They mentioned the state authorities order undersigned by principal secretary (dwelling) Sanjay Prasad had talked about that Kumar will maintain cost as acting DGP until the everlasting appointment for the coveted publish.
He will even maintain the posts of DG (legislation and order) and DG (financial offences wing). The order additional acknowledged no further wages might be paid for it. Kumar is prone to proceed as acting DGP until his superannuation in Could 2025, if not eliminated by the state authorities attributable to any purpose.
Kumar met chief minister Yogi Adityanath at his residence after being posted as acting DGP.
He was thought-about as the primary particular person behind implementing the state authorities’s zero tolerance coverage in opposition to crime and mafia. Appointment of Kumar because the acting DGP is a significant jolt to different frontrunners for the publish, together with 4 DG rank 1989 batch officers and 9 DG rank officers of his batch, mentioned the official.
He mentioned no full-time DGP was appointed after the elimination of 1987 batch IPS officer Mukul Goel on Could 11, 2022, a lot earlier than his superannuation in February 2024, following allegations of inaction and lack of curiosity in the direction of work. Goel is presently posted as DG Civil Defence.
“After that, DS Chauhan took over as acting DGP and continued to carry the cost till his superannuation in April 2023. After his tenure, RK Vishwakarma served as acting DGP for round one month earlier than Vijay Kumar was appointed as acting DGP on Could 31, 2023,” he added.