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Sidharth Chattopadhyaya appointed as new DGP of Punjab

By Rajan Nath -- December 17, 2021 8:33 am -- Updated:December 17, 2021 8:44 am

In a major development, Punjab Government on Thursday appointed Sidharth Chattopadhyaya as the Director-General of Police (DGP) replacing IPS Iqbal Preet Sahota.

IPS Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, who has replaced Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as the Director-General of Police Punjab, was reportedly being backed by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

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Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, on the other hand, had been backing Sahota.

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Earlier, a panel of nine IPS officers was sent from the Union Public Service Commission for shortlisting names for Punjab DGP.

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Even Sidhu had resigned as Punjab Congress president over the appointment of Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as DGP.

Later, he withdrew his resignation "on a precondition" that he would resume the charge the day a new advocate general was appointed and a panel for the appointment of a new DGP came from the UPSC.

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The government, in its notification, stated: “In place of Sh. Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, IPS (PB:1988) Special DGP Armed Bn., Jalandhar, Sh. Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, IPS (PB:1986) DGP, PSPCL, Patiala shall look after the work of Director General of Police, Punjab (HoPF) in addition to his present duties until a fresh appointment is made to the post of Director General of Police, Punjab (HoPF) as per the prescribed procedure. The orders will come into force with immediate effect.”

-PTC News

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