30/01/2017 3:28 PM IST | Updated 30/01/2017 3:57 PM IST

Amulya Kumar Patnaik To Be The Next Delhi Police Commissioner

He succeeds Alok Kumar Verma, who has been made the CBI chief. 

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NEW DELHI -- Amulya Kumar Patnaik, currently a Special Commissioner, has been appointed the Delhi Police Commissioner, the Home Ministry announced on Monday.

Patnaik is a 1985 batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre IPS officer. He succeeds Alok Kumar Verma, who became the CBI chief on 19 January.

A native of Odisha, Patnaik is an IPS office of AGMUT cadre and was holding charge as special commissioner (administration) in the Delhi Police when announced to succeed Alok Verma as the Commissioner. He has also served as joint commissioner (operations) in Delhi police.

Other IPS officers who were in contention for the role were Dharmendra Kumar and Dipak Mishra. Patnaik, though a batch junior to Mishra and Kumar, was apparently chosen due to his "clean" image. He hails from Odisha.

Mishra is now with the Central Reserve Police Force as an Additional Director General while Kumar is an Additional Director General with the Central Industrial Security Force. Both are 1984 batch IPS officers.

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