Pune: Senior IPS Officer Dr K Venkatesham will be the new Pune Police Commissioner. He will take over from outgoing Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla, who will be moving to Mumbai to join the office of Director General of Police in her capacity as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Highway Safety Patrol (HSP).
Venkatesham, who began his career as Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Gondia, is an officer of 1988 batch of Indian Police Service (IPS). He has also worked as Deputy Commissioner of
Police in Mumbai.
During his tenure in Mumbai, he became famous for his no-nonsense approach towards the gangsters. He also has worked as the in-charge of Foreigners Registration and Immigration at Mumbai International airport. He has also worked as Additional Commissioner of Police (South Mumbai) and Deputy Inspector General of Police (Law and order) in Mumbai.
Dr Venkatesham, who has also served as Deputy Director in Intelligence Bureau (IB) was the in-charge of Nagpur Police Commissionerate before receiving the orders to take charge of the office of Pune Police Commissioner. He has also worked as ADGP (Training and Special Units) at Maharashtra State Police Headquarters. In the past, he was appointed as the head of Special Task Force by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to investigate the scholarship scam in educational institutes across the state.
In another development, IPS officer RK Padmanabhan will take the charge of newly coined Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissionerate. Padmanabhan, the first police commissioner of the twin town, will assume office on August 15. The Police Commissionerate in PCMC was created following a decision by the State home department in April. Along with Padmnabhan, the other senior officers who will be joining the PCMC Police Commissionerate are Makarand Ranade, who will join as Joint Commissioner of Police and Vinayak Dhakane and Namrata Patil who will be Deputy Commissioners of Police.