LUCKNOW: In a surprise move, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday removed director general of police (DGP) Mukul Goel from his post over “inaction”, people aware of the matter said.
Goel, who was in the state’s DGP for a little over 11 months, has been appointed director general (DG) Civil Defence. He still has almost two years of service and is due to retire in February-end 2024.
According to information shared by home department officials, Goel was removed from the DGP’s post due to what they described as disregard for government work, lack of interest in departmental work and inaction.
Last month, Goel was conspicuous by his absence at a key meeting chaired by the chief minister on the law and order situation in the state, said a person privy to the development.
Since then, rumours were rife that Adityanath was unhappy with Goel.
Goel was also not attending team meetings and was not present at important departmental presentations like that of the home department. To be sure, Goel wasn’t called for any of these key meetings.
His general staff officer (GSO) Ravi Joseph Lokku was also removed without his consent. Lokku was shifted as ADG PTC.
Goel was unavailable for his comment.
A 1987-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the UP cadre, Mukul Goel was appointed the DGP on June 1, 2021.
Before that, Goel was posted in the Border Security Force (BSF).
People aware of the matter said three IPS officers of 1988 batch DG Intelligence DS Chauhan, DG Police Recruitment and Promotion board RK Vishwakarma and DG Prison Anand Kumar are among the front runners for the state’s top police post.