Two top Police officials exchange posts after EC’s order

Deven Bharti, a 1994 batch IPS officer, has served the longest as Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order)


After Election Commission’s order, Maharashtra government replaced Joint Commission of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti with Vinay Kumar Choubey, a 1995 batch IPS officer and JCP for Economic Offences Wing (EOW). It means that Bharti will take over as the Joint Commission (EOW). 

Deven Bharti was appointed as JCP (Law and Order) in April 2015. He is the longest-serving officer on this post. Earlier, the Maharashtra government had sent a proposal to the EC for extending Bharti’s tenure. However, the same was rejected. 

With the intention to keep Deven Bharti on the post during elections, the Maharashtra government had sent two proposals to EC. However, the EC ordered that Bharti should be transferred from the post before 1:00 AM till Sunday.  

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Bharti, a 1994 batch IPS officer, is well known for investigating cases involving 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack and Mid-day Journalist J Dey murder case. Deven Bharti has contributed to eliminating the influence of terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen in the state. 

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