Retired officers divided over ‘division of Mumbai top cop office’ | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: The appointment of senior IPS officer Deven Bharti as special commissioner of Mumbai Police has evoked mixed reactions among retired police officers.
While former city top cop Julio Ribeiro called it a dangerous move and former Maharashtra DGP PS Pasricha said it may create frictions, ex-police commissioner MN Singh and IPS-officer-turned lawyer YP Singh welcomed the move. Another retired officer implied that the move is political, saying Bharti is close to deputy chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“The appointment of a special police commissioner for Mumbai will weaken the authority of the city’s police chief,” said Ribeiro. “This policy and the whole principle of dividing power in this manner will be a dangerous move for the police institution.”
Sounding a caveat, Pasricha said, “It’s the government’s policy decision. I don’t have any idea of how this system will work. But I can only say that unless responsibilities are well defined, there will be friction at the top level.”
On the other hand, MN Singh said, “I think the government has appointed the special cell on the Delhi pattern. It is a policy decision. All the… joint commissioners will report to the special commissioner. I believe they will work under the command of the Mumbai police commissioner, who is of DG rank. So, there is no problem at all. The commissioner of police is the ultimate head of the force.”
In the same vein, YP Singh said, “It will be a good experiment. The commissioner of police does not have so much time, so the special CP will help him in sharing the workload. There is no harm in seeing how it works. Let us wait and watch.”
But a retired officer said, on the condition of anonymity, “It is said that Bharti has been brought in the force as he is close to Fadnavis. IPS officer Rashmi Shukla is also likely to be brought in to occupy an important post. But this is just a perception and every government must make its own decision to bring their chosen officers. Even earlier governments did the same.”


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