Mumbai: Will Mumbai get its first ever woman IPS officer as the commissioner of the police ? The tenure of the present Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve is ending this month and the state is searching a new one for the post.
Among the probable contenders, the name of the senior IPS officer, Rashmi Shukla is in the first position. Shukla, a 1988-batch IPS officer, who served as the CP of Pune, the second major city in the state after Mumbai. She is hailed for her contribution towards the safety of women in Pune. Her ascension as the Police Commissioner of Mumbai would mean that she will become the first-ever woman to hold the post.
Besides Shukla, currently the Maharashtra State Intelligence Commissioner, another senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh is also among those being considered for selection to the post. A 1987-batch IPS officer, Singh currently holds the post of Director General of Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The present CP of Mumbai Barve’s term ends on August 31 but if he doesn’t receive an extension of service, Mumbai will get a new police chief. Param Bir Singh, was the police commissioner of Thane when Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar was arrested for extortion. He has also worked in Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS).