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Dilbag Singh appointed full-time DG of Jammu and Kashmir Police

File photo of J&K police chief Dilbag Singh. Photograph:( ANI )

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 31, 2018, 08.34 PM (IST)

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday appointed Dilbag Singh as full-time Director General of Police. Singh was made the state DGP as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, officials said in Jammu. He took over as interim chief of the state police force on September 6 after his predecessor S P Vaid, caught in a verbal duel with the new Jammu and Kashmir administration, was shunted out and posted as transport commissioner.

An order to this effect was issued by Principal Secretary Home, R K Goyal, which read that he shall also hold additional charge of the posts of Director General of Police (Prisons) till further orders and Director, Fire and Emergency Services, till December 31.

The name of Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, was cleared by the State Administrative Council headed by Governor Satyapal Malik here. A panel of three names for the post was submitted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) last week. The Supreme Court on September 20 had made it clear that Singh will continue in office till the UPSC scrutinises and provides a panel of three police officers for regular appointment of the police chief.

Vaid was posted as Transport Commissioner, a post which was held by Saugat Biswas, a 2006-IAS batch officer. The post has been upgraded from an additional secretary to the rank of secretary. It will be headquartered in Jammu.

Dilbag Singh’s batchmate V K Singh, who was functioning as Special Director General at the police headquarters, has been shifted and posted as commandant general of home guards, civil defence and the state’s disaster rescue Force.

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Singh took over as interim chief of the state police force on September 6 after his predecessor S P Vaid, caught in a verbal duel with the new Jammu and Kashmir administration, was shunted out and posted as transport commissioner.