UP DGP Sulkhan unlikely to get extension,Bhavesh, Awasthi in race

Sanjay Bhatnagar
Published on 26 Dec 2017 1:06 PM GMT
UP DGP Sulkhan unlikely to get extension,Bhavesh, Awasthi in race
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Lucknow: The 1987-batch IPS officer Bhavesh Kumar Singh along with Hitesh Chandra Awasthi is the front runner for the coveted post of Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) as the present incumbent Sulkhan Singh is not likely to get another extension.

According to highly-placed sources in the government, Sulkhan Singh, already on three months extension which is coming to an end on December 31 next, may not get another extension he is trying for following recent fall out of IPS bureaucracy with IAS fraternity.

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Sulkhan Singh, though still a Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's blue-eyed boy, may pave way for other, possibly another Yogi favourite Bhavesh Kumar Singh, though a relatively junior among others in the race.

The names of Rajnikant Mishra and OP Singh are also doing rounds in the administrative circles but since they are already holding the important posts at the Centre, it is not likely for them to come back to their parent state. Despite presence of several other officers of appropriate seniority like DG, CRPF RR Bhatnagar and DG, BPR&D AP Maheshwari, the dice may fall in favour of Bhavesh Kumar or Hitesh Awasthi though the former is on the top of bucket list of Yogi.

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The sources said that indications are there that the senior-most Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Pravin Singh will be ignored this time also even if Sulkhan Singh is not given another short tenure.

Also Read: UP DGP Sulkhan Singh gets three months extension

The government will post the new DGP with next Lok Sabha elections in 2019 in the view and political considerations may be in the play in this regard. There could be another person to fit in for few months to pave way for Bhavesh, some insiders hint.

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Writer is a bi-lingual journalist with experience of about three decades in print media before switching over to digital media. He is a political commentator and covered many political events in India and abroad.

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