The government superseded two senior officers while appointing Amulya Patnaik. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)
Amulya Patnaik is a recipient of the President's Police medal for distinguished service and the Police medal for meritorious service
The Indian government on Monday appointed Amulya Kumar Patnaik as the Commissioner of Delhi Police.
The government superseded two senior officers, Dharmendra Kumar and Deepak Mishra, both 1984-batch IPS officers, while appointing Patnaik, who is from the 1985-batch, PTI reported.
The top post in the Delhi Police had fallen vacant after Alok Kumar Verma was made chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country's premier investigating agency.
"Amulya Kumar Patnaik, IPS (AGMUT: 1985) has been appointed to the post of Commissioner of Police, Delhi from the date of actual assumption of the charge, in place of Shri Alok Kumar, IPS (AGMUT: 1979) who has been appointed as Director, CBI, till further orders," an order issued by the Government said.
Patnaik, a recipient of the President's Police medal for distinguished service and the Police medal for meritorious service, is currently serving as Special Commissioner (Administration).
Deepak Mishra and Dharmendra Kumar are serving as Additional Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force and Central Industrial Force.
Both were made special commissioners during the then Commissioner BS Bassi's tenure. The post was created by Bassi during his tenure but was later scrapped.
Two other senior officers of the cadre, 1982-batch JK Sharma and A K Singh of 1984 batch, have not been empanelled for the post of Director General at the centre.
(WION with inputs from PTI)