Senior IPS officer quits, more likely to enter politics

MUMBAI/HYDERABAD: Additional DGP (planning and coordination) V V Laxminarayanan has submitted an application for voluntary retirement from service.
Speculation is rife that the 1990 IPS batch officer may join politics, but Laxminarayanan did not respond to text messages from TOI. DGP Satish Mathur confirmed to TOI that Laxminarayanan had submitted an application for voluntary retirement for “personal reasons”. In the event his resignation is accepted, he will be third IPS officer to quit and join politics. Former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh, a 1980 batch IPS officer, took voluntary retirement on January 31, 2014, and successfully contested the Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candiate from Baghpat, UP. Subsequently, he was inducted into the Narendra Modi Cabinet as minister of state for human resource. Additional director general (special operations) P K Jain quit on February 28, 2014, and joined Ramdas Athavale-led RPI. After a brief period, he quit RPI and he is now a member of the Police Complaint Authority.

IPS officer K L Prasad took voluntary retirement, but did not join any political party. Laxminarayanan, a product of Warangal’s and , shot into limelight after he took over the investigations into a series of scams in Andhra Pradesh. Laxminarayan took interest in the ‘Lead India’ campaign promoted by then President A P J Abdul Kalam.

After a stint of seven years, he was repatriated to Maharashtra and posted as joint commissioner, Thane. When he was transferred on promotion to the DG’s office, there was a protest in Thane. Laxminarayanan seemed to be unhappy over the manner in which he was sidelined. He was posted as ADG (administration) and later as ADG (planning and coordination), both assignments are considered as ‘side-postings’.

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