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Rakesh Asthana Appointed Delhi Police Commissioner Three Days Before Retirement

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Rakesh Asthana, a former officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was appointed Delhi Police Commissioner on July 27. This comes just three days before his retirement.  A Union Home Ministry order on July 27 evening said Asthana, currently the Director General of the Border Security Force, would head the Delhi Police with a year's extension in service granted "in public interest". Two months ago, Asthana was ruled out of the race for the post of CBI Director because he was about to retire. When a panel headed by PM Modi met in May to select a new chief investigator, CJI NV Ramana reportedly raised a Supreme Court decision that officers with less than six months left in service should not be considered for police chief posts. That ruled out at least two names on the government's shortlist, including Asthana, who was to retire on July 31. His appointment as Delhi Police chief was enabled by an extension granted "as a special case", as per an order from the Appointments Committee of Cabinet comprising PM Modi & Home Minister Amit Shah. Order said Asthana was getting an "inter cadre deputation" from the Gujarat cadre to AGMUT (from where Delhi Police chiefs are picked). Order further stated that his service was being extended "initially for a period of one year beyond the date of his superannuation... as a special case in public interest". Watch the video to know more.

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