Hunt for new Rajasthan DGP begins, OP Galhotra tops race
Rajasthan Director General of Police Ajit Singh Shekhawat has completed his tenure and retired on Thursday.
Jaipur: Rajasthan Director General of Police Ajit Singh Shekhawat has completed his tenure and retired on Thursday. Senior IPS officer OP Galhotra is being considered the frontrunner to replace him.
After the retirement of previous DGP Manoj Bhatt on July 31, Ajit Singh Shekhawat was appointed for the top post by the state government. Discussions regarding Shekhawat’s extension also took place, however, the government decided to give the department a new chief.
Prior to becoming the DGP, Shekhawat was incharge of controlling the situation in the region after the Anandpal encounter incident. He has managed several important posts in the state. He is a 1982 IPS batch officer. Galhotra, who is tipped to be the new chief, is a 1985 IPS batch officer. He has returned from Delhi where he was appointed as ADG at Delhi RAC and also a joint secretary in CBI for seven years.
Apart from Galhotra, senior DG Navdeep Singh and ADG Sunil Kumar Malhotra are also being considered in the race for the post of DGP. It remains to be seen as to who finally gets the nod from chief minister Vasundhara Raje. A ceremonial parade will be organized on Thursday for the outgoing DGP Shekhawat. Some police, as well as CID officials, will be felicitated during this event that will be held at Rajasthan Police Academy.