New Delhi: IPS officer S N Shrivastava on Friday took over as the new commissioner of Delhi Police as incumbent Amulya Patnaik’s extended tenure ends on Friday 29. Earlier, Shrivastava had served in the Central Reserve of Police Forces (CRPF) as the Special Director General (Training). On Feb 26, acting on MHA’s order, the CRPF had issued an order reliving the officer (Shrivastava) from the paramilitary force. Also Read - Desist From Using Force Against JNU Students: Delhi Police Chief Amulya Patnaik
An order issued by the Home Department of the Delhi government had directed his ‘premature repatriation’ in wake of the communal violence in Delhi. The officer was appointed as the new Delhi Police Special Commissioner (Law and Order) to take control of the situation. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Gets Assassination Threat in E-mail to Delhi Commissioner Amulya Patnaik
Last month, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had faced flak following his decision to grant an extension to Amulya Patnaik, despite the incident outside the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University on Thursday in which a 17-year-old minor opened fire at a group of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters, injuring a student.
Patnaik was earlier scheduled to retire on January 31. However, he was granted a month’s extension by the Election Commission (EC) on the recommendation of the MHA, in the view of the Delhi Assembly Election which concluded recently. Patnaik was appointed the Delhi Police Commissioner on January 17, 2017, succeeding Alok Verma, who was appointed as the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
An officer of the 1985 AGMUT cadre, his role has come under immense scrutiny over the last month in the wake of Delhi Police’s action on the JMI campus last month and inaction earlier this month, in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violence case.