DIG H Venkatesh assumed office as the new City Police Commissioner here on Monday. He succeeds P Vijayan, who has been posted as DIG Armed Police Battalions and in-charge of Student Police Cadet scheme.
Prior to this appointment, Venkatesh was serving as DIG Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB). A 1998 batch IPS officer, Venkatesh, during his stint in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was in charge of several high-profile cases. He was the chief investigating officer in the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress chief and Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. The team led by Venkatesh had earned good reputation for the Central agency after it filed ten charge-sheets in the case which involved ‘quid pro quo’ favours to businesses.
During his tenure in the CBI, Venkatesh was also associated with the investigations into the Satyam scam, Emaar township scam and illegal mining cases.
Venkatesh started his career as ASP Kottayam and was later posted in Mattancherry and Punalur before being appointed as ADC to Governor of Kerala.
He was the City Police Commissioner of Kozhikode for two years starting 2004. After a brief posting as SP Headquarters, Venkatesh was selected for a UN Mission which lasted one-and-a-half years.
In January 2009 he was posted as AIG Headquarters and later joined the CBI to work as an SP and later DIG.
Venkatesh hails from Hyderabad.