At least seven IPS officers of Gujarat cadre have been sought by the government for central deputation. This has caused quite a flutter among the state officials and especially those whose names have been proposed.
The IPS officers on the list include Surat Range IGP V Chandrashekar, Mehsana SP Achal Tyagi, Anand SP Praveen Meena, Ahmedabad Rural SP Amit Vasava, DCP Ahmedabad Cyber Cell Ajit Rajian, SP ATS Sunil Joshi and SP Ahmedabad Central Jail Shweta Shrimali. For Chandrashekar, this will be his second central deputation. He had earlier served as DIG with the CBI.
IPS couple Sunil Joshi and Shweta Shrimali have chosen a central deputation with the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Joshi was given the NIA option after he requested not to be sent to the CBI. The Union Home Ministry has demanded CBI deputation for the rest of the five IPS officers.
The Department of Personnel under the MHA had shortlisted 13 IPS officers from different states for central deputation. The MHA has already written to other states to relieve the six IPS officers and a similar letter for the seven IPS officers from Gujarat cadre is likely to arrive very soon.
Meanwhile, some of the seven IPS officers on the list who don’t wish to go on the deputation have reportedly been left stunned by the MHA demand. Sources said over 10 Gujarat cadre IPS officers are already posted in different Central agencies. Officers who were sent on central deputation recently include IGP Piyush Patel, who was posted at the BSF HQ in Delhi, and IPS Deepak Damor who was on Central deputation as IG BSF Gujarat Frontier before being transferred to CBI.
Gujarat has over 150 IPS officers posted as SPs and DCPs and this, sources said, has brought stability in the law and order situation in the state. The state administration has already begun to get requests to delay the deputation orders from the Centre.