Hyderabad: Was the caste factor the major reason for the state government to opt for 1977 batch IPS officer, a man who had earlier served as the Hyderabad Police Commissioner and then as APSRTC chief, as the new Director General of Police?
Mr V Dinesh Reddy, whose appointment was made official vide GO 2861 on Thursday, has over two years of his service. He will take over as the DGP from K Aravinda Rao who retires today.
The contemporaries of Dinesh Reddy – S Shivasankar and Umesh Kumar from 1977 batch were sidetracked along with the most aspiring IPS officer Gautam Kumar of 1975 batch and Balwinder Singh of 1976 batch.
Cast equations seemed to have denied the chances of his seniors.
All indications show that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy played his cards well to retain a Reddy of his choice. But seniority wise, 1975 batch officer K R Nandan from Telangana region, who also happens to be the son-in-law of former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao, stood a chance but sources disclose that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is understood to have blocked his candidature as she was opposed to PV and his family.
PV did not also see eye to eye with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The outgoing DGP is also a Brahmin.
Compatibility is one of the factors that seems to have weighed well in favour of Mr Dinesh Reddy. The Chief Minister’s choice was for like-minded temperament. This, and the Reddy lobby being quite intense in support of Mr Dinesh Reddy’s promotion for the coveted post, made his dream come true at last.
But some sources indicate that Mr Nandan is understood to have declined the offer which induced the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government to place their tag on Mr Dinesh Reddy. What is substantiated is that the Telangana stir is one of the other reasons behind his refusal, as he hails from the region.
Behind the scenes, there is a serious allegation against Mr Nandan, besides the fact that others serving in other state and the police department appear to have been angry with him. He has six months of service left.
Though Mr Dinesh Reddy has superceded two officers, the government found it convenient to set the record straight spreading news that a Brahmin/Telangana IPS man refused the hot seat.
The N Kiran Kumar Reddy government had no other option to do this as Mr Nandan hailed from Telangana which would angered the TRS and others concerned.
On top of all, as facts surface, Mr Dinesh Reddy is seen to have been a total ‘flop’ as chief of the city police.
He hardly functioned as the Commissioner of Police, and allegedly took decisions that were not well received. In fact, some of his decisions had irked the Legislators on the Floor of the House.