Mumbai: One of the first directives that new anti-terrorism squad chief Rakesh Maria issued to his officers, after taking over his new posting on Monday, was that they should not leak any information about ongoing investigations in sensitive cases.
Officials have said Maria’s predecessor in ATS, K P Raghuvanshi (now additional DGP, law and order), earned Union home minister P Chidambaram’s displeasure for talking about the probe in the ONGC terror plot to the media.
Maria (53), a 1981-batch IPS officer, took charge around 11 am on Monday and started his first meeting with his officers within half-an-hour of taking charge. The meeting was attended by over 30 officers of the ATS. “Our biggest challenge is to prevent terror cases and foil such conspiracies,’’ Maria said, adding that tackling terrorism was a task that needed secrecy. He hinted to officers that there should not be any leakage of information that might hamper investigations.
Rubbishing media reports that he wanted to induct his so-called “own men’’ from the crime branch, Maria was said to have stated, “Vacancies will be filled in accordance with requirements and you people (officers) can also suggest names of hard-working personnel.’’
Rajnish takes charge
Rajnish Seth, deputy inspector general of prisons, took charge as city’s joint commissioner of police (law and order) and replaced Himanshu Roy who in turn has taken charge as crime branch chief.
The Times of India, March 30, 2010