Abrupt Exit, a Blessing in Disguise for Ex-DGP?

Former DGP B Prasada Rao, who is upset following his removal as AP police chief, is likely to

Published: 30th June 2014 07:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2014 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Former DGP B Prasada Rao, who is upset following his removal as AP police chief, is likely to leave his home State to work in Delhi on deputation. Prasada Rao’s name is being considered for the job of Secretary, Internal Security, in the the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said to be one of the key posts after the Union Home Secretary.

Soon after N Chandrababu Naidu was sworn in as the Chief Minister of AP, he shifted Prasada Rao and appointed JV Ramudu, a 1981 batch IPS officer, in his place.

Top sources told Express Prasada Rao had recently sent a missive to the Chief Secretary, pointing out that he was supposed to have a two-year tenure (till Sept 2015) as he was appointed DGP on Sept 30, 2013 by the then chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

In his  letter, Rao argued that he was selected DGP of the undivided AP as per the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) guidelines and after the mandatory screening process and therefore, was to have a two-year fixed tenure as per the Supreme Court guidelines. Taking objection to his abrupt removal, Rao said: “I may be restored as DGP with immediate effect.”

The 1979 batch IPS officer shot off the letter to the AP Chief Secretary with copies marked to the MHA and the UPSC too. Sources close to Rao said when the AP government issued orders removing him, he felt hurt, more so because of his impeccable track record.

He is understood to have been advised that he should not take things lying down. Hence, the letter. So far, he did not get any reply from either the MHA, UPSC or the AP government. As for his Delhi deputation, the sources said, “Prasada Rao’s name is being considered but a final decision is yet to be taken. It will take a few days.”

Hailing from Guntur district, Rao had previously worked as Hyderabad Police Commissioner, DG, Anti-Corruption Bureau and Vizag Police Commissioner. Rao is well-known for his passion for physics and still does research and experiments in his laboratory at home.


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