Karnataka Government has finalized the name of Roop Kumar Dutta, senior IPS officer for the position of director general and inspector general of police (DG&IGP) of Karnataka.


RK Datta is a senior Karnataka cadre officer of 1981 batch. Currently he is serving at the centre in the Home Ministry and the CM has ordered his officers to write a letter to the centre to depute him to the service of Karnataka police.


Om Prakash, the present DGP is going to retire from his service on January 31, 2017. Sources from the Home department have confirmed that the department has finalised the name of RK Datta for the position of DGP. He may take the charge officially on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.


The most satisfying thing is that Dutta is becoming the DGP without any political lobby or influence.  Earlier when he was ADGP in Lokayukta, he had faced an allegation that he had obtained a law degree illegally from a foreign university. However that case was rejected by the Supreme Court recently. The state government approached him to offer the post of DGP when he came out clean from the Supreme Court trial. CM Siddaramaiah himself had expressed his interest, for which Dutta had responded positively.


Neelamani Raju, DGP, Intelligence, Kishore Chandra, DGP, CID, MN Reddy, DGP, Fire and emergency Services were in the race for the position of Director-General and Inspector-General (DG & IGP) of state police.


Sources say that Neelamani Raju had the influence of Narasimha Raju, former Chief Secretary to CM, some vokkaliga leaders were lobbying for Neelamani Raju and KJ George was supporting MN Reddy to pursue for that position.


The tenure of RK Dutta will be till next October 2017 and the government is likely to extend his tenure as the general election approaches by that time. However, RK Dutta is taking charge of new DG&IGP position without entering into any kind of political lobby is the satisfying thing.