No extension for Delhi’s silent and ‘controversial’ top cop Amulya Patnaik
The top cop is set to retire on January 31st. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs, under which comes the Delhi police, didn’t give an extension to Delhi CP Patnaik.
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik’s tenure comes to an end. The top cop is set to retire on January 31, according to an order issued by the home department, Delhi government.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs, under which comes the Delhi police, didn’t give an extension to Patnaik. The said order has been issued with the approval of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. However, the model code of conduct (MCC) is in place in Delhi due to the 2020 assembly polls.
Patnaik, a 1985-batch officer of AGMUT cadre, had taken charge as the Delhi CP in January 2017 and had completed full three years in the office. However, his tenure, specifically the past one year, was marred by unpleasant developments.
The stand-off between Delhi lawyers and police had come out on the streets in November 2019. In an unprecedented turn of events, the police officials sat on a dharna outside the police headquarters against a spate of attacks on their ranks allegedly by the lawyers. This was the first time when the police officials protested against the top brass in such large numbers and demanded “justice” on the streets of Delhi. The incident was seen as a serious dent on the top cop’s profile.
Then, the police action against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and the crackdown inside the campus attracted critical responses from the civil society.
On January 5, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus was attacked by a mob of 50 masked persons. The JNU students community and the Left backed students’ organisation had criticised the Delhi police for allegedly failing to stop the violence and nab the perpetrators. The police formed special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the matter.
In June 2019, gun shots were fired at a TV news channel's crew on Delhi’s Barapullah flyway. Barely after three months, a woman journalist was attacked and robbed in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park area. Later, the suspects were arrested. This chain of events had marred Patnaik’s tenure -- who is considered one of the most silent top cops of Delhi when it comes to interacting with the media.