Shimla: Daljeet Singh Manhas, a 1977-batch IPS officer, was appointed as new DGP of Himachal Pradesh replacing outgoing DGP GS Gill, who retired today. According to principal secretary (home) Subhash Chander Negi, Manhas’ appointment was confirmed by the government today.
Manhas was already officiating as the state DGP since outgoing DGP GS Gilll proceeded on a two-month leave before his retirement. Negi said that a screening committee recommended the name of Manhas, which was accorded by the government. Before his elevation, Manhas was director general of state’s Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.
During his stint as vigilance chief, he handled several high-profile cases of corruption and disproportionate assets including one against Union minister for Ssteel Virbhadra Singh and his wife and former Congress MP Pratibha Singh. By appointing Manhas, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has overlooked four officers senior to him. They were Sohan Singh, director general (prisons); Ajit Lal, special director with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in New Delhi; RN Gupta, also with the IB; and Anirudh Uppal, who is with the National Security Guard.