Commissioner of Police, Delhi

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Commissioner of Police
Delhi Police logo.jpg
Delhi Police Insignia
Amulya Patnaik

since 30 January 2017
Appointer Ministry of Home Affairs (India)
Term length 60 years age or 60 months (whichever earlier)
Renewable at Ministry's pleasure
Constituting instrument

The Delhi Police Act, 1978[1]

Inaugural holder J.N. Chaturvedi
Formation 1978
Deputy The Additional Commissioner(s) of Police (one or more)
Website Office of the Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police, Delhi or Delhi Police Commissioner is the head of the Delhi Police, the main law and order agency of the eleven revenue districts of National Capital of India, Delhi.

In the year 1966, the Government of India constituted the Delhi Police Commission headed by Justice G.D. Khosla to go into the Problems faced by Delhi Police and it was on the basis of the Khosla Commission Report that the Delhi Police was reorganised. Four Police districts, namely, North, Central, South and New Delhi were constituted. The Delhi Police Commission also recommended the introduction of Police Commissioner System which was eventually adopted from July 1,1978.

Following the recommendations of "Khosla Commission", Commissioner of Police system in Delhi, the capital of India was started in 1978, with J.N. Chaturvedi being appointed as the first Police Commissioner of Delhi. It replaced the earlier Inspector General of Police system, where the Inspector General of police would report to the Divisional Commissioner of Delhi, thus having a dual authority in effect. The Commissioner system brought an end to this dual authority as since then the appointed Commissioner of Police is of Director General of Police (DGP) reports to the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi but through its counterpart Chief Secretary of Delhi.

The current Commissioner is Alok Kumar Verma, who was appointed by Home Ministry on 29 February 2016 and took office on February 2016. The longest serving Commissioner of Delhi Police is Y.S. Dadwal who served for 41 months (2007-2010).[3]

List of Police Commissioners of New Delhi[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office
1 J.N. Chaturvedi July 1978 January 1980
2 P.S. Bhinder January 1980 December 1981
3 Bajrang Lal December 1981 April 1983
4 S.C. Tandon April 1983 November 1984
5 S.S. Jog November 1984 April 1985
6 Ved Marwah April 1985 April 1988
7 Raja Vijay Karan April 1988 December 1990
8 Arun Bhagat December 1990 February 1992
9 M.B. Kaushal February 1992 January 1995
10 Nikhil Kumar January 1995 April 1997
11 T.R. Kakkar April 1997 May 1998
12 V.N. Singh May 1998 June 1999
13 Ajay Raj Sharma July 1999 June 2002
14 R.S. Gupta July 2002 February 2004
15 Krishan Kant Paul February 2004 July 2007
16 Y.S. Dadwal July 2007 November 2010
17 B.K. Gupta November 2010 June 2012
18 Neeraj Kumar[4][5] June 2012 July 2013
19 Bhim Sain Bassi[6] July 2013 February 2016
20 Alok Kumar Verma[7] February 2016 January 2017
21 Amulya Patnaik[8] January 2017 Incumbent


The issue of appointment of police commissioners of New Delhi, has not been without controversies. The most recent controversy was when a senior police officer Kiran Bedi was superseded to appoint her junior Dadwal as the Police Commissioner in July 2007. Bedi went on record saying that at a time, when the President of India as well as the chairperson of the ruling alliance UPA were women (Pratibha Patil and Sonia Gandhi respectively), it would have done a lot of good for country's image as well as for the upliftment of women if she had been appointed. She resigned soon after in protest, although her official line was that she wanted to devote more time to social work.

Related links[edit]

1. Department of Police, Delhi