Not Thinking Of Resigning: Rakesh Maria

09/09/2015 12:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India's Maharashtra state's Anti-Terrorism Squad Chief Rakesh Maria gives a news conference in Mumbai on September 8, 2010. Indian police have arrested two men over a deadly restaurant bombing earlier this year, saying those in custody had links to Pakistan-based Islamists who allegedly masterminded the Mumbai attacks. Maria said the pair were picked up on September 6 and were to be questioned about the blast that ripped through the Germany Bakery in the western city of Pune killing 17. AFP PHOTO/ Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- A day after he was shunted out of the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner, senior IPS officer Rakesh Maria today said he was not contemplating quitting.

"I am not thinking of resigning. Reports saying so are not true," Maria told PTI this morning.

There was speculation after Maria's sudden promotion that he might resign from the post as he was apparently unhappy with the action.

Maria, who was heading the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case and had interrogated the accused, was shunted out of the post and promoted as Director General of Police Home Guards.

He was replaced by Ahmed Javed, a DG-rank official, who took over as Mumbai Police Commissioner in the upgraded post.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had cleared both the appointments before he left for Japan on Monday night.

However, after the sudden action that created quite a flutter, the Maharashtra government climbed down in the evening and said he would continue to "supervise" the probe.

The decision came under attack from opposition Congress and NCP.

Mumbai Congress had yesterday said the transfer was prompted by "undue pressure" from bosses in New Delhi and corporate houses.

As various theories floated over the reasons for Maria's transfer, State Home Department had said the changes were made taking into account the law and order factor ahead of the Ganapati festival, dismissing suggestions that that it has some links with the ongoing investigation in the Sheena murder case.

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