Anil Pushpangadan, Gandhinagar: Geetha Johri, Gujarat’s first woman director general of police (DGP), is set to retire on Thursday after the government did not extend her term.
Johri, an officer of the 1982 Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre who held the post of DGP on an in-charge basis, will be replaced by Pramod Kumar.
Kumar, from the 1983 IPS cadre, is due to retire by March. Johri, the senior-most IPS officer in the state, was given additional charge as DGP earlier this year following the retirement of P.P. Pandey.
Gujarat has been without a full-time DGP for about two years now, with all the appointments in that time being made on an in-charge or additional charge basis.
Former IPS officer Rahul Sharma has filed a petition in the Gujarat high court seeking the appointment of a permanent DGP.
The state government had said in October that it would consider the appointment of a full-time DGP, but with the imposition of the model code of conduct on 25 October following the announcement of the Gujarat assembly election dates, it has been unable to do so.
During a hearing on the petition in the high court on Wednesday, the Election Commission of India sought time till 5 December to respond to the matter, The Time of India reported.