At 54, Saini youngest DGP

A 1982-batch IPS officer, Sumedh Singh Saini is the youngest DGP at 54 in the country and may be longest serving officer at the post after super cop K P S Gill.

Saini, who has figured in several controversies and superseded four officers, is due to retire on June 30, 2018. He had won the nation's highest gallantry award in 1987 while leading operations against Khalistani insurgents. In 1991, an assassination attempt was made on him by the insurgents. He survived but with injuries in the bomb blast engineered to kill him.

Sources said Punjab is the only state in the country where three IPS officers of 1982 batch have been promoted as DGPs. The state government had undertaken the departmental promotional committee meeting of this batch before the model code of conduct came into effect in December last year. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal cleared the file and Sanjiv Gupta — who tops the batch, followed by Saini and then Suresh Arora — were promoted as DGPs. With the new appointments, Punjab Police has seven officers in the rank of DGP.

Earlier in the day, in a ceremony held in the office of DGP, outgoing DGP Anil Kaushik formally handed over the charge to Saini.

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