Delhi Police Commissioner: IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, on 28 July 2021 has been appointed as the Commissioner of Delhi Police.
- Mr. Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer, was to retire on July 31.
- His service was extended by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for a one-year period beyond the date of Asthana’s superannuation.
- While clearing Mr. Asthana’s appointment as CP, Delhi, the ACC, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the inter-cadre deputation from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.
- This is one of the very few instances when an IPS officer outside of the AGMUT cadre has been appointed as the Delhi Police chief.
- Usually, an officer belonging to the AGMUT cadre is appointed to the post.
- Asthana, who is currently serving as Director-General of the Border Security Force (BSF), will join as the Delhi Police Commissioner with immediate effect.
About Rakesh Asthana:
- Rakesh Asthana is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1984-batch Gujarat Cadre.
- He was serving as the Director-General of Border Security Force.
- Rakesh Asthana has previously headed the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
- Mr. Asthana had held the post of special director in CBI.
Note: He was the Narcotics Control Bureau chief when actor Rhea Chakraborty was arrested in a drugs case in Mumbai.