Krishan Kant Paul

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His Excellency
Krishan Kant Paul
कृष्ण कान्त पाॅल
Governor of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
8 January 2015
Preceded by Aziz Qureshi
Governor of Manipur
In office
16 September 2014 – 15 May 2015
Preceded by Vinod Duggal
Succeeded by Syed Ahmed
Governor of Meghalaya
In office
1 July 2013 – 6 January 2015
Preceded by Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary
Succeeded by Keshari Nath Tripathi
Commissioner of Police, Delhi
In office
Feb 2004 – July 2007
Preceded by R. S. Gupta
Succeeded by Y. S. Dadwal
Personal details
Born (1948-02-06) 6 February 1948 (age 69)
Spouse(s) Omita Paul
Alma mater Panjab University, Chandigarh
Website Official website

Krishan Kant Paul, also known as K. K. Paul (born 6 February 1948), is the 6th and current Governor of Indian state of Uttarakhand, in office since January 2015.[1][2] He had previously served as Governor of Meghalaya for over one year (2013–15) with the additional charge of Mizoram and Nagaland for the same post.[3]

A former officer of the Indian Police Service, he served as the Commissioner of Police, Delhi from February 2004 to July 2007.[1][4]

Early life and background[edit]

Paul was born on 6 February 1948. He did his post-graduation (Master of Science) in Chemistry from Punjab University, Chandigarh. This was followed by his Ph.D thesis in fluorine chemistry, which was highly commended and resulted in 15 research publications of a technical nature, in international scientific journals of repute. In the context of his research work in chemistry, he has over 20 papers published in international scientific journals of repute.[5]


As an IPS officer[edit]

Paul joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1970 and was allocated to the AGMUT (Arunachal PradeshGoaMizoramUnion Territories) cadre, under which he was first posted on Andaman and Nicobar Islands and then served as chief of Arunachal Pradesh Police. He was the Commissioner of Delhi Police from February 2004 to July 2007. Paul is credited with having cracked the first ever cricket betting racket in which South African captain Hansie Cronje was indicted. Paul has experience working in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).[5]

While posted in Delhi, he had wide ranging experience of urban policing and was involved in handling some large events like the 1982 Asian Games, followed by NAM and CHOGM in 1983.[6][7][8]

As a member of UPSC[edit]

After retiring from police service, Paul became a member of the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi on 26 July 2007. He served there until July 2013.[5]

As the Governor of states[edit]

On 2 July 2013, Paul was appointed as the new Governor of Meghalaya. He joined on 8 July 2013. On 2 July 2014, he took the an oath as Governor of Nagaland. He was given the additional charge as the 18th Governor of Nagaland.[9]

On 16 September 2014, Paul was sworn in as the 14th Governor of Mizoram. Mizoram was assigned to him as additional charge.[10] On 17 September 2014, he was sworn in as the 15th Governor of Manipur. Manipur was assigned to him as an additional charge.[11]

Paul was sworn in as the 6th Governor of Uttarakhand on 8 January 2015 replacing Aziz Qureshi, who was sent to take charge as the new Governor of Mizoram. This challenged the move of the Narendra Modi government to seek resignations of Governors appointed during the UPA regime. Qureshi filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India stating that Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had called him up the previous July to seek his resignation. However, Goswami denied the allegations.[3][12]

Personal life[edit]

Paul is married to Omita Paul, a former Indian Information Service officer, who is currently posted as secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee.[13]

Paul is an avid cricket lover. He was amongst the first Ph.D holders in Police Service.[citation needed] He has maintained his touch with the academics and continued to write on various matters of topical interest. One of his columns, "Brass Tacks", appeared regularly in the daily newspaper The Tribune.


  1. ^ a b "Raj Bhawan of Uttarakhand". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Krishna Kant Paul sworn in as Uttarakhand Governor". The Economic Times. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "KK Paul to be new Uttarakhand Governor". The Hindu. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "FORMER COMMISSIONERS OF DELHI POLICE". Delhi Police. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "KK Paul is new governor of Meghalaya". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "(Profile) UPSC Member: Dr. K.K. Paul | IAS UPSC EXAM PORTAL - India's Largest Community for UPSC, Civil Services Exam Aspirants". 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  7. ^ "K.K. Paul is Delhi's new police commissioner". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  8. ^ "The Big House Constant". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  9. ^ KK Paul takes oath as Nagaland Governor (2015-01-04). "KK Paul takes oath as Nagaland Governor | Eastern Mirror Nagaland". Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  10. ^ "K.K. Paul takes oath as acting Mizoram governor". Business Standard. IANS. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Meet the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  12. ^ "K K Paul appointed as Uttarakhand Governor | Current Affairs Today". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  13. ^ "Pranab Mukherjee's all-powerful advisor Omita Paul - India News". 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2016-09-10.