Chennai: With only five days left for the top post in the Tamil Nadu police to fall vacant, the race for the most coveted job of state DGP is heating up. DGP Anoop Jaiswal (1980 batch), the senior-most in the group, DGP R. Sekar (1981) and DGP Ashok Kumar (1982) are the frontrunners. One of them will replace K. Ramanujam who has been heading the force since the AIADMK assumed power in 2011.
With the state police setting an example by appointing Ramanujam in 2012 for a term of two years, the next police chief is likely to be hoping for this too.
Ramanujam was appointed DGP three weeks before his retirement date, though he was DGP-in charge since May 2011.
Among the three present contenders, Sekar has maximum time left in service. He is scheduled for retirement in May 31, 2016. Sekar now heads EB vigilance and was earlier chief of CB-CID. He has also served as Chennai city police commissioner in the past.
Both Anoop Jaiswal, heading the TN Uniformed Service Recruitment Board, and state intelligence chief Ashok Kumar will turn 60 in June next year and retire.
Jaiswal was made DGP (election) by the Election Commission during the recent Parliament elections. He had served as state intelligence ADGP during the DMK regime. He also served in RAW.
Kumar, who has been heading the state intelligence apparatus since August 2013, had earlier worked in the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Archana Ramasundaram, who is the seniormost DGP and has three years to retire, is not even being considered for the job because she was placed under suspension by the State government after she joined the CBI without waiting for the Tamil Nadu government to officially relieve her.
Location: Tamil Nadu