Bengaluru: The state home department has forwarded the names of five senior-most IPS officers for the post of next DG-IGP to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) for a final decision on the same, stated highly placed sources.
It is learnt that senior-most IPS officer Neelamani Raju’s name tops the list of shortlisted officers followed by S K Patnaik.
Incumbent DG-IGP R K Dutta is expected to retire by the end of this month and it is gathered that the state government has decided against giving him any extension to make way for the first-ever woman DG-IGP in the state.
Neelamani Raju is presently serving as the IGP, fire and emergency services.
Home minister Ramalinga Reddy confirmed that there will not be any extension for R K Dutta by stating that his department has already forwarded five names to the CMO.
Meanwhile, according to the insiders in the Congress state unit, opposition leader in the Lok Sabha and senior most state Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge prefers a six months extension to R K Dutta stating that he has improved law and order situation in the state.
“His point is that if there is the change in the helm of affairs it may affect the state policing,” sources said.