BANGALORE: A R Infant, who won the legal battle over the State top cop’s post, assumed charge as the new ad hoc Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) on Saturday evening. He received the baton from the outgoing DG&IGP Shankar M Bidari, who has been appointed as the DGP of Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation with immediate effect.
Infant, who was the DGP of Fire and Emergency Services Department, has been given the concurrent charges of heading the department along with his new post.
After taking charge as the 37th DG&IGP of the state, Infant expressed immense happiness on heading the state police force. “This would have happened some months ago but it did not happen due to some reasons. I will continue all the good practices laid by my predecessors, including Bidari,” he said.
“I will be in the post only for two months and it is difficult to frame a road map of my own and implement it within this short time. But my first priority is to uphold rule of law and I also expect the same from my colleagues. I want them to be objective in applying suitable IPC and CrPC sections,” he said.
“My second priority is to reestablish a sense of discipline which is badly needed in the department,” he added.
The outgoing DG&IGP Shankar M Bidari said that he was confident that Infant would work much better than him and thanked all the personnel for their cooperation and good work.
The appointment has come following the High Court upholding Central Administrative Tribunal’s judgement, on Friday, quashing Bidari’s appointment.
As Infant was taking charge as the Ad-hoc DG&IGP at the police chief’s office on Nrupatunga Road, crackers were burst near the office.
Rumours spread in the DGP’s office that it was some advocates who burst crackers.
It was interpreted that the advocates did it to celebrate the removal of Bidari from the DG&IGP’s post.
The advocates had demanded that the government remove Bidari following violence near City Civil Court Complex on March 2.