Patnaik, who hails from Odisha, pursued his graduation from Utkal University in 1979. (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
Incumbent Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik will retire from his post on January 31. Patnaik, an Indian Police Services (IPS) officer from the 1985 batch, was appointed to the top post on January 30, 2017. Earlier, reports had surfaced that the Ministry of Home Affairs would not be seeking to renew the term of Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The MHA had written to Election Commission (EU) that the process of appointing Delhi Commissioner is on.
“Consequent upon attaining the age of superannuation, Amulya Kumar Patnaik, IPS:1985, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, shall stand retired from government service with effect from 31.01.202, an official order approved by Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday stated.
Patnaik, who hails from Odisha, pursued his graduation from Utkal University in 1979 and his masters from the University of Delhi in 1981.
Amulya Patnaik’s term as Delhi Police Commissioner witnessed several controversies. Questions were raised over the management of the Delhi police right from the protests at Jamia Millia Islamia University to the police deployment in Jawaharlal National University.
The confrontation between Delhi police and advocates after police personnel on duty outside Delhi’s courts were allegedly assaulted by lawyers, following scuffles over a parking dispute gained traction.
Things went awry for Patnaik when thousands of cops shouted, “Humara Commissioner (of Police) kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi jaisa ho” while demanding action against lawyers involved in attack on their colleagues.
Along with this, the infamous clashes in Delhi's Chawri Bazar took place with Patnaik as Delhi commissioner. News agency ANI had that time reported ‘Patnaik was reprimanded by Home Minister Amit Shah’, however, the top Delhi cop called it a simple briefing.
Moreover, Patnaik is credited for launching special units to prevent crimes against women such as the anti-obscene calls cell and anti-stalking cell.
Among some prominent cases that Patnaik handled are the parcel bomb case, the sensational Sarita Vihar kidnapping and the busting of the notorious Asghar gang.
He has also been credited with planning and managing the security of the lone train journey undertaken by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. Patnaik is a recipient of the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and police medal for meritorious service.