Punjab: VK Bhawra transferred, Gaurav Yadav to continue as DGP

By Dinkle Popli -- September 03, 2022 3:41 pm -- Updated:September 03, 2022 3:54 pm

Chandigarh, September 03:Seven months after being appointed from a UPSC select panel, the Punjab Government on Saturday removed IPS officer VK Bhawra from the post of Punjab DGP. The move comes much ahead of two-year tenure as per apex court guidelines.

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Reportedly, Gaurav Yadav will continue as the DGP till further orders.

Bhawra has been appointed as the Chairman of the Police Housing Corporation.

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Punjab DGP VK Bhawra, whose two-month leave has ended and was supposed to rejoin duty from September 4, is now given the charge of CMD of the Punjab Police Housing Corporation and the Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab Government is all ready for the same.

After Dinkar Gupta went on leave, Iqbalpreet Sahota was posted as the DGP. After this, Siddharth Chattopadhyaya was appointed the DGP reportedly at the insistence of Navjot Singh Sidhu. Later, Dinkar Gupta was appointed, who later went to Central deputation.

IPS officer Gaurav Yadav,IPS officer Gaurav Yadav,

Notably, VK Bhawra was made the DGP after a UPSC panel cleared his name for the same. However, now if the AAP-led Punjab Government retains Gaurav Yadav then  fresh proposal will have to be sent to the UPSC within six months.

On the other hand, the Punjab Government is also learnt to have served a show-cause notice on DGP VK Bhawra, for not taking "timely preventive measures on certain intelligence inputs”.

VK Bhawra had gone on leave on July 4 after singer Sidhu Moosewala's murder on May 29. It is learnt the government is "upset" with poor handling of the RPG attack on the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters at Mohali on May 9.

-PTC News with inputs from Gagandeep Ahuja


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