Senior IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal joined Mumbai Police as a new chief on Saturday. Mr Jaiswal became the successor of Datta Padsalgikar, who took the pledge as the novel Maharashtra DGP.
Both Subodh Kumar and Datta were the part of intelligence service, before joining as the Mumbai Police Commissioner.
The 55-year-old was part of R&AW before becoming Senior IPS officer. Subodh Kumar has had a prolific job thus far. Before turning the police chief, Jaiswal was Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India's external intelligence agency.
Before that, he was the additional secretary of Cabinet Secretariat of the Central Government from the year 2008.
The low-key police officer is the second-most senior IPS officer after Padsalgikar in the state. He had investigated Malegaon explosions, serial train blasts, and Pramod's slaughter. Jaiswal has worked in the Mumbai police force for 9 years, handling a few real sophisticated cases.
He led the 2005 high court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT), which investigated Abdul Karim Telgi's false stamp papers scandal. He also headed the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and examined the Malegaon explosion case, serial train explosions and BJP head Pramod Mahajan's slaughter, all in the year 2006.
He had a solid support of Fadnavis, Padsalgikar and bureaucrats. Even though Thane police-chief Parambir Singh, CID commissioner Sanjay Barve and Pune CP Rashmi Shukla were other candidates, things exercised for the officer.
He had the support of Padsalgikar, Praveen Pardeshi, an additional chief-secretary to the CM, and Devendra Fadnavis himself. His ATS knowledge and victorious term in Mumbai Police worked as appropriate catalysts. As per reports, Fadnavis had presented him the position way back in the month of April.
But will Jaiswal have a full-grown term as the police chief? Jaiswal may have a blink-and-miss term as the police head.
Since Padsalgikar gives up work on August-31, the next noticeable option will be Jaiswal, owing to seniority. But the SC had reined in recent times that DGPs, once selected, have to serve a fixed term of 2 years, in spite of the age of superannuation.
So Padsalgikar may acquire a longer term, assisting Jaiswal to continue the top cop till the year 2020.