Nearly eight months after his term ended as joint director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, senior IPS officer VV Lakshminarayana has finally got a posting in Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra government has finalised his name for the post of joint commissioner of police, Thane and is likely to issue the formal orders on Monday.
Ever since his term as CBI joint director came to an end in the second week of June last year, Lakshminarayana, who belongs to the Maharashtra cadre, had been waiting for posting.
His posting as joint commissioner of police, Thane will put to rest the speculation that he might join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which had approached him sometime ago.
According to sources, Lakshminarayana, over the last few months, had been expecting a key post in Mumbai city but that has not materialised. ‘’Earlier, he had been considered for the post of joint commissioner (crime) in Mumbai but for some reason it could not materialise,’’ the source said, adding that he was likely to leave Hyderabad in the next few days to take charge of his new assignment.
A 1990-batch IPS officer, Lakshminarayana was probing several high-profile cases which include the alleged disproportionate assets of Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Obulapuram mining scam, Emaar Properties and Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter. He also probed the sensational Satyam Computers scandal and the killing of top Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and journalist Hemachandra Pandey.
His stint as CBI joint director saw many ups and downs and he had to face much embarrassment after his Call Detail Record (CDR) was made public by some persons said to be close to Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Since then Lakshminarayana has kept a low profile.
An officer of the rank of inspector-general of police, Lakshminarayana was given ‘Y’ category security because he was dealing with high-profile cases.
On being selected for the IPS, he was assigned to Maharashtra cadre and he worked as superintendent of police of Nanded district and also in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad.
He was keen to work for CBI and was posted as DIG at Hyderabad on June 12, 2006.
He was initially posted as the CBI unit head for five years and the term was extended for two years. He received the Indian Police Medal in 2006.