Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 30:
Citing shortage of shortage of IPS officers in the state as the reason, the Odisha government, in a surprise move, has withdrawn its earlier consent to spare DGP Prakash Mishra for a posting in the CBI or any Central government position.
Mishra was the frontrunner for the post of CBI Special Director and was also shortlisted for appointment to the post of Director, CBI. However, this sudden u-turn by the state government has effectively eliminated him from the list of contenders for the top post in the national investigation agency.
In a letter to the Union Home secretary, the state Home secretary Vipin Saxena has said that its earlier recommendation in favour of Mishra’s Central posting stands withdrawn with immediate effect. The decision to withdraw the recommendation was taken by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on May 28, sources said.
It is not clear why the state government had recommended him for a Central posting in the first place if the vacancy position is indeed such a big issue. In fact as many as 80 posts of the state’s IPS cadre strength of 188 have been lying vacant for quite some time now. This has given rise to speculations over the real reasons behind the move.
When asked for his reaction, the DGP said he had no information whatsoever on the developments.
The 58- year old Mishra, who belongs to the 1977 batch was appointed DGP in July 2012 after the so-called coup attempt by the Pyarimohan brigade on May 29. He is one of the senior-most IPS officers in the country and due to take retirement on 29 February 2016.