N Sambasiva Rao was on 24 November 2017 appointed as the Director-General of Police (DGP) of Andhra Pradesh, despite the fact that Union Home Ministry rejected his candidature on earlier occasions.
Rao has been holding the DGPs post as "full additional charge" since 23 July 2016, while his actual position was DGP (Coordination). He is due to retire on 31 December 2017. However, with this appointment, he may serve the post for a full two-year term as per the state law.
Sambasiva Rao is an Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer of 1984 batch.
The Union Home Ministry had twice rejected the list of names forwarded by the state for the post of DGP saying it was in contravention of the Supreme Court orders in the Prakash Singh case.
Besides Rao, the Ministry objected to the names of S V Ramana Murthy (1982 batch) and M Malakondaiah (1985) as they are due to retire within a year.
However, the Ministry's Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar issued a one-line government order on 24 November for the transfer and posting of Sambasiva Rao as the DGP of AP with immediate effect.
The order did not specify whether Rao will hold the post for two years or till 31 December 2017.
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