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J&K Police needs a DG


The names of five top-ranking IPS officers for the post of DG Jammu and Kashmir Police have been sent to the UPSC. According to sources, the panel submitted by the State Home Department to the Secretary, UPSC contains the name of DR Doley, a 1986-batch IPS officer, who has been on Central deputation and posted in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy since May 28, 2018. Left with nine months of her service, Doley is due to retire on May 31, 2019. The second name is that of Navin Agarwal, a 1986-batch IPS officer, also on deputation since June 22, 2016, and currently posted as CEO and DG of National Anti-doping Agency, Department of Sports. He is scheduled to reach superannuation on April 30, 2021. The third incumbent in the panel is VK Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer who returned from Central deputation on August 16, 2017, and is now posted as Special DG Headquarters at the J&K Police headquarters. Left with three years of active service, Singh is due to retire on September 30, 2021. The fourth name is of Shiv Murari Sahai, a 1987-batch IPS officer, currently posted as a Joint Secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat on Central deputation since October 21, 2016. Sahai is deputy to the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Left with over four years of active service, he is due to retire on March 31, 2023. The final name is of Dilbag Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, who was transferred and appointed as DG Prisons in place of SK Mishra after the escape of LeT terrorist Naveed Jhat from SMHS Hospital Srinagar in February 2018. Singh has also been holding additional charge of Director, Fire and Emergency Services. Having held almost all the key positions up to the rank of DGP, Dilbag Singh has over five years of active service and is scheduled to retire on October 31, 2023. The UPSC is expected to return shortlisted panel of three names soon. Then the State Administrative Council functioning under Governor Satyapal Malik would pick an incumbent for DG of J&K Police.

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