The former head of the anti-terror wing of Delhi Police and the officer who was Special DG of CRPF, Jammu & Kashmir during the take-no-prisoners Operation All-Out, Sachidanand Srivastava will be the next top cop of the city with the home ministry clearing his appointment on Friday.
The 1985-batch AGMUT-cadre officer was this week brought in as the Special Commissioner of Police in-charge of Law & Order. He is likely to continue till June 30, 2021.
The move comes at a time when the incumbent Amulya Patnaik is facing yet another crisis just four days to his retirement. Delhi is witnessing one of the biggest communal conflagrations in decades and the city’s police force is being blamed for inaction. The pressure is mounting on the cops as videos showing violent mobs going on rampage, with police often looking the other way, continue to pour in.
Srivastava is the senior-most officer of the AGMUT cadre and a batchmate of serving Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, who was given a one month extension for the Delhi Assembly elections and will retire in the next three days.
The 1985-batch officer was given the charge of special commissioner at a time when the national capital faces a grave law and order situation, after large scale violence swept across northeast Delhi which claimed at least 33 lives and injured over 200 persons.
Srivastava, known for being a hard taskmaster with a no nonsense approach, toured the riot affected areas immediately after taking over as special commissioner and eventually brought peace to the area.
However, there are other senior police officers in line after Patnaik on a seniority basis which include Ajay Kashyap and Prabhat Singh, but the moment Srivastava was made special commissioner, the issue of who will handle the Delhi Police was also settled.
As there is no other claimant for the top job, it seems the moment for taking over Delhi Police has arrived for Srivastava.