File photo of Rakesh Maria
Rakesh Maria, the chief of Mumbai Police's Anti-Terror Squad, has been named the city's new top cop. The decision was taken after a high level meeting at Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's house.
Mr Maria, the 1981 batch IPS officer, headed the investigations after the 1993 Mumbai blasts in which 257 people were killed and over 700 injured. He was also in charge of the investigations into the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
Mr Maria's appointment comes a fortnight after Satyapal Singh
quit as Mumbai Police Commissioner. Mr Singh later joined the BJP.
Mr Singh was the first serving Mumbai Police Commissioner to resign. He was due to retire in 2015.
The day he resigned, the 59-year-old top cop had said, "So far my sphere of work was limited to Mumbai, now I want to serve the country. I want to focus on working for social harmony, national integration and world peace.