The Karnataka Government has announced that Kamal Pant will replace Bhaskar Rao as the Commissioner of Police for Bengaluru City. Bhaskar Rao will now take charge of the ADGP Internal Security Division, Bengaluru.
Bhaskar Rao completed one year in office
Bhaskar Rao was appointed as the Police Commissioner of Bengaluru on August 2, 2019. Ever since, Mr. Rao has had to deal with a couple of controversies.
One week into his appointment last year, an audio clip had surfaced in which the supposed voice of Mr. Rao was lobbying for the post of the Police Commissioner. Earlier in March, the 1990 batch IPS officer had reportedly fallen out with Deputy CM Aswath Narayan in a meeting.
Dearest Bangalureans, Handed over charge of our City Police. From bottom of my heart, my gratitude to each and every citizen for unstinting support, cooperation, tolerance and help to Me and Team BCP in the roller coaster ride since August last, Ever remain your friend
— Bhaskar Rao IPS (@deepolice12) August 1, 2020
Nevertheless, Bhaskar Rao had earned a reputation as an efficient top-cop in the city. While his efforts to impose lockdown were appreciated, Bhaskar Rao had also gained immense followers for his activeness on Twitter.
Kamal Pant will replace Bhaskar Rao
One of the sources said: “This is a routine transfer as more or less all City Commissioners get roughly a tenure of one year. Incidentally, Pant is ranked higher than Rao in the civil list. He enjoys a reputation of high integrity in the state IPS circle.”
Also a 1990 batch IPS officer, Kamal Pant was working as ADGP Intelligence till now. He had taken his position at the same time in which Mr. Rao was appointed as the Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru.
Well, the time might not have suitable for a change in the top brass but with the government already going ahead, it needs to be seen as to how Mr. Pant would perform his duties.
Source: The News Minute