Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Ashish Bhatia was on Friday elevated to the post of Gujarat Director General of Police by a notification order from the state Home department on friday after incumbent Shivanand Jha retired post an extension.
Jha was to retire in April but was given a three-month extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja. Ashish Bhatia (58) is a 1985 batch Indian Police Service officer.
A notification order issued by Sangeeta Singh, additional chief secretary in the Home department of the Gujarat Government, on Friday stated, “Ashish Bhatia IPS (GJ 1985), commissioner of police, Ahmedabad city, is transferred and appointed on the cadre post of Director General and Inspector General of Police, Gujarat state, in the apex scale level 17 in the pay matrix Rs 2,25,000 (fixed) with effect from July 31 vice Shivanand Jha IPS upon demitting of office by him on July 31 (sic)”.
Later on Friday night, DGP Ashish Bhatia was given a ceremonial welcome by the former DGP Shivanand Jha and other senior police Officers in Gandhinagar.
58-year-old DGP Ashish Bhatia, a native of Haryana, has served various crucial posts in Gujarat Police machinery in the past 20 years. He has received a police medal in 2001 and the President’s Police Medal in 2011.
Ashish Bhatia was one of the three IPS officers who were part of the special investigative team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court on March 26, 2008 to probe nine cases of the Gujarat riots of 2002, as per complaints received by the riot victims. The latter included Zakia Jafri, widow of slain former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the riots. Shivanand Jha was a member of the SIT along with Bhatia in the case.