HEMANT NAGRALE, a 1987-batch IPS officer, was on Thursday given an additional charge as the Director General of Police (DGP), Maharashtra. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government relieved Subodh Jaiswal, a 1985-batch IPS officer, who headed the state police from February 2019, after he was appointed as DG CISF by the central government on December 30.
Though Nagrale (58) has been given an additional charge, he is likely to be formally made the state DGP once the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) panel clears his appointment, as per procedure. Nagrale’s senior, Sanjay Pandey, a 1986-batch officer, was the frontrunner, but was passed over.
Jaiswal handed over the charge to Nagrale on Thursday at the DGP office on the first floor of the state police headquarters in Colaba.
An order issued by the state government on Thursday confirmed that Nagrale had been given the additional charge of the state DGP post as Jaiswal was relieved to go on central deputation.
Nagrale, who had served as the Navi Mumbai police commissioner, played an important part in transporting those injured in the 26/11 terror attacks of Mumbai in 2008 to hospitals. In October 2018, he was elevated to the DG (legal & technical) rank, and was given the responsibility of looking after the forensic science laboratories across the state.
As per Supreme Court guidelines, for the post of DGP, the state government has to send a list of officers of the DG rank to UPSC. A three-member UPSC committee then…