Two months after clearing Central deputation for some of its officers, the Gujarat government has now withdrawn the proposed deputation pertaining to four IPS, two IAS and two IFS officers, citing “shortage” in these cadres. The IPS officers whose deputation have been withdrawn include DIG Rajnish Rai, IGP Pravin Sinha and SP Divya Mishra.
These officers were on the state government’s list for Central deputation in June.
Rai, the IPS officer who had arrested police officials D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M N (Rajasthan cadre) in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, has been without a posting for the last three months since he returned from his study leave at IIM-A. He had requested for a Central deputation.
Now, Rai has been posted as DIG (Armed units) in Rajkot. The 1992 batch officer was reportedly in the process of getting a posting in the Competition Commission of India. “Following request for deputation from Rai, the state government had issued an offer letter to the Centre, which was withdrawn on September 7. On Monday, Rai was posted in Rajkot as DIG (Arms unit),’’ said a top official of the General Administration Department.
Sources said that the Home department took several months to clear Rai’s deputation request. Rai had forwarded his request even before he resumed duties after a three-year study leave. Two other IPS officers who had offered themselves for Central deputation, Ajay Tomar and Raju Bhargav, however, have made it to Central postings.
“It is not clear why the state government suddenly realised that there was a shortage of officers,” said an officer whose Central deputation was withdrawn. He claimed that there was no official intimation by the state government to these officers on why the proposal was cancelled.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S K Nanda told The Indian Express, “The names have been withdrawn from the list because we are facing shortage of officers.”