BENGALURU: With state police chief Neelamani N. Raju's tenure ending on January 30, intense lobbying has begun for the coveted post of DG & IGP.
Sources in the home ministry said that CID DGP Praveen Sood and DGP Internal Security A.M. Prasad, both 1985-batch IPS officers, are the frontrunners for the post.
It is said that several other senior IPS officers too are approaching the government with their political connections to bag the post. The prevailing norm is that IPS officers who have completed 30 years of service are chosen for the post. The state government recommends the name for the post to the central government.
The order of the Supreme Court that the chosen IPS officers should have a tenure of at least three months before retirement too is considered.
Apart from Mr Sood and Mr Prasad, the names doing the rounds are DGP (Police Training) P.K. Garg, ADGP (Prisons) N.S. Megharik, ADGP (Communications, Logistics and Modernisation) R.P. Sharma, ADGP (Railways) Alokmohan, ADGP (Recruitment) Sunil Kumar, ADGP (Law and Order) A.K. Pandey, ADGP (Computer Wing) Sanjay Sahay, ADGP (Traffic & Road Safety) P.S. Sandhu and ADGP (Forest Cell) P. Ravindranath.