Siddharth Chattopadhyaya has replaced Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as the Director-General of Police, Punjab. Chattopadhyaya was backed by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya.
IPS Siddharth Chattopadhyaya has replaced Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as the Director General of Police, Punjab. Chattopadhyaya’s appointment was being backed by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa, on the other hand, had been rallying behind Sahota. Earlier, a panel of nine officers had been sent from the Union Public Service Commission for shortlisting names for the post.
Sidhu had even resigned as the Punjab Congress chief over the appointment of Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as DGP.
Later, Sidhu withdrew his resignation but put a precondition that he would resume the charge the day a new advocate general was appointed and a panel for the appointment of a new director-general of police came from the UPSC.
The government notification confirming Chattopadhyaya’s appointment read: “In place of Sh. Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, IPS (PB:1988) Special DGP Armed Bn., Jalandhar, Sh. Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, IPS (PB:1986) DGP, PSPCL, Patiala shall look after the work of Director General of Police, Punjab (HoPF) in addition to his present duties until a fresh appointment is made to the post of Director General of Police, Punjab (HoPF) as per prescribed procedure. The orders will come into force with immediate effect.”
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