A N Roy is back as M'rashtra police chief

He was holding the post  during the 26/11 attacks. The 1972 batch IPS officer was removed from the post in February 2009 after the Bombay High Court declared his appointment as the DGP in February 2008 as invalid.

Interestingly, Roy’s political boss R R Patil, too, had also made a come back as the state home minister in November 2009. Patil had lost the home ministry after 26/11 attacks.

In 2009, the HC had termed Roy’s appointment to the post then as arbitrary, and had directed the state government to appoint a new DGP within four weeks. In February 2008, Roy was appointed to the post, superseding three senior IPS officers–S S Virk, J D Virkar and S Chakraborty.

Roy pipped all of them to the post as Virkar voluntarily withdrew his candidature. Chakraborty went to court on losing out and Virk, who had faced corruption scandal during his posting in Punjab, was apparently sidelined. But Virk took the matter to the SATribunal and got the favourable decision. The state government appealed to the high court, but lost the appeal. As a result, Roy lost the DGP office and Virk was appointed the state DGP. 

And now, with the post falling vacant once again after Virk’s retirement, the political authorities did not miss the chance of reappointing Roy to the post again.

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