New Delhi, Jan 31: Service period of Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was today extended for a period of one month “in public interest”, the Home Ministry said.
Patnaik, A native of Odisha is from the 1985 AGMUT cadre of the IPS and was supposed to retire on Friday. Patnaik was appointed the Delhi Police chief in January 2017.
The development emerged after the Election Commission gave its nod for extending the tenure of the IPS officer in view of the assembly polls in the National Capital.
The approval of the competent authority is hereby conveyed for the extension in service of Patnaik for a period of one month beyond his date of superannuation i.e. 31 January 2020 in relaxation of rule 16 (1) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement benefits) rules, 1958 in public interest, the ministry said in the order.
Delhi will go to polls on 8 February and the counting of votes is scheduled to be held on 11 February.