Mohali: The government of Punjab is likely to appoint VK Bhawra, head of the 1987 Batch IPS, as the new DGP of Punjab. The announcement is expected Thursday evening.
If appointed DGP of Punjab, VK Bhawra will replace Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, currently embroiled in a major feud over the “security breach” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Ferozepur in the Punjab on Wednesday.
Siddharth Chattopadhyaya’s name was also not included in the UPSC panel of three officers shortlisted for the post.
A meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Chief Secretary Anirudh Tiwari and other senior officials was underway (at the last report) to finalize the name.
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Notably, the Punjab DGP is amended for the third time in three months. Previously, the UPSC had sent the names of three IPS agents — Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta, VK Bhawra and Prabodh Kumar.
Previously, there had been confusion over the deadline for the selection of the new DGP of Punjab. The meeting was previously scheduled for December 21, but was postponed. UPSC wanted to consider October 4 as a deadline, but the Punjab raised objections about it.
According to reports, the Punjab wants to set September 30 as a deadline, as this will ensure that the current DGP, Sidharth Chattopadhyaya, has the opportunity. On the other hand, UPSC is of the opinion that since the vacant position was created on October 4, this would be considered the deadline.