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Race for DGP post hots up, six in fray

Special Correspondent

Chief Minister will take a decision after talks with Ministers, officials today


If Kiran opts for seniority, K. R. Nandan, son-in-law of P. V. Narasimha Rao, is automatic choice

Some Ministers, MLAs said to be lobbying for Dinesh Reddy who is junior most among the six


HYDERABAD: No decision was announced on the next Director General of Police on the eve of the retirement of incumbent top cop Mr. K. Aravinda Rao on Thursday.

Meeting held

There was hot competition between two of the six senior IPS officers in the contention even as Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy left for New Delhi on Wednesday after discussing the issue with Home Minister P. Sabitha Reddy and some senior officials.

Later, the Steering Committee for identifying the IPS officers eligible for the coveted post was held. Headed by Chief Secretary S. V. Prasad and comprising two special chief secretaries -- Janaki Kondapi and Pankaj Dwivedi – the Committee short-listed six names after a meeting on Wednesday. They are K. R. Nandan (who belongs to 1975 batch), P. Gautham Kumar (1975), Balwinder Singh (1976), A. Sivasankar (1977), Umesh Kumar (1977) and V. Dinesh Reddy (1977).

Options

If the Chief Minister opts to give weightage to seniority to avoid litigation as witnessed following Mr Aravinda Rao's appointment, Mr Nandan, son-in-law of former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, is the automatic choice for the post. Sources said the Chief Minister also might consider his name to get credit for his Government that it has, after all, respected seniority.

He has nine months of service before retirement and belongs to the Telangana region.

The prospects of Mr. Gautham Kumar, now principal secretary, Home, Mr Balwinder Singh, presently serving in the CBI, and Mr Sivasankar, chairman, AP State Road Safety Authority, are not perceived as bright, each for a different reason. Sources said Mr. Singh might not opt to shift from Delhi to Hyderabad, Mr. Sivasankar is known to have a played role as intelligence chief during the Telugu Desam regime while Mr. Gautham Kumar did not find favour even last time.

As such, the Chief Minister may have to choose any one out of three remaining names-Mr Nandan, Mr. Umesh Kumar, now DGP, Anti-Corruption Bureau, and V. Dinesh Reddy who is junior most among the six. The selection will be a tough job for the Chief Minister as some Ministers and MLAs are said to be lobbying intensively for Mr Dinesh Reddy. The Chief Minister will take a decision after another round of consultations with Ministers and officials on Thursday.

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