Chennai Police Commission Viswanathan shifted, Mahesh Kumar is new CoP

As part of a major rejig of IPS officials in Tamil Nadu, the State government late on Tuesday night transferred Greater Chennai city Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan and a host of other officers.

Viswanathan will be replaced by Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, according to a Home Department order. Viswanathan has been posted as ADGP, Operations, Chennai, vice Aggarwal.

According to the order from the State Home Department, current Chennai police commissioner AK Viswanathan, being transferred after three years, will now hold the post of Additional Director General of Police, Operations, in the place of Aggarwal.

At least eight deputy inspectors-general (DIG) have been promoted as inspectors-general (IG) of police, and at least nine superintendents of police (SP) have been promoted as DIGs.

Besides serving as Additional Commissioner of Police (South), Chennai, and Commissioner of Police in Madurai and Tirunelveli, Aggarwal headed the Special Investigation Division of the Crime Branch CID formed to investigate the series of communal murders in which leaders of Hindu organisations were targeted and murdered a few years ago. All the cases were detected, accused arrested and chargesheeted.

He was given the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Excellence in Public Service on August 15, 2018. He is also the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Chief Minister’s Medal for Outstanding Devotion to Duty.

The Commissioners of Madurai and Tirupur, S Davidson Devasirvatham and Sanjay Kumar, respectively, were also transferred out of their present postings. Devasirvatham is ADGP, Technical Services, Chennai while Kumar is IGP, Technical Services. Prem Anand Sinha is Commissioner, Madurai City.