Revealed:November 1, 2017 three:57 am
NEELAMANI N RAJU, a 1983-batch Indian Police Service officer, on Tuesday took cost as Karnataka’s police chief — the state’s first girl director basic and inspector basic of police. She takes over following the retirement of R Okay Dutta on superannuation. Regardless of being the senior-most IPS officer in Karnataka, Raju was not anticipated to develop into the police chief, because the Siddaramaiah-led Congress authorities was perceived to be in favour of her junior, H C Kishore Chandra, the director basic of state CID unit.
Kishore Chandra was mentioned to be the favorite for the publish since he’s from Karnataka, and in addition as a result of he comes from the dominant Vokkaliga neighborhood, which the Congress is making an attempt to woo in south Karnataka forward of the Meeting elections subsequent yr. A number of prime state ministers who come from the Vokkaliga neighborhood are believed to have pitched for Chandra’s candidature.
Sources mentioned the federal government modified its thoughts on the eleventh hour and chosen Raju.
Raju is from Roorkee in Uttarakahand and is spouse of former IAS officer Narasimha Raju, who was secretary to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah earlier than his retirement final yr.
Raju, who served within the Intelligence Bureau within the Union Dwelling Ministry for 23 years, returned to Karnataka final yr and was serving because the director basic of the state inner safety division. She was thought of the underdog within the race for the publish of police chief on account of her relative inexperience in serving in government roles in Karnataka Police.
Sources within the authorities mentioned that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ultimately determined to go by seniority in choosing Raju because the police chief with a view to keep away from authorized issues for denying the highest police publish to the senior-most officer within the state cadre.
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