IPS officer Dilbagh Singh was appointed as the new Director General of the Jammu and Kashmir Police replacing SP Vaid.

Singh, an IPS officer of the 1987 batch, was posted as DG Prisons following the escape of high profile Pakistani prisoner and top LeT militant Naveed Jatt.

He was first appointed as interim-chief of state police on September 6 after his predecessor SP Vaid was mired in a controversy when he allegedly indulged in a verbal spat with the new J-K administration and was posted as the Transport Commissioner.

Singh’s name was cleared by the State Administrative Council headed by Governor Satyapal Malik.

On September 20, the Supreme Court made it clear that Singh will continue to hold the office till the UPSC scrutinises and provides a panel of three police officers for regular appointment of the police chief.

He will also continue to hold the post of the Director General of Prisons as an additional charge.

Singh has also served as IGP Traffic, J&K; IGP Home Guards, Civil Defence and Auxiliary Police J&K; IGP Armed Police J&K and Director, Sher-e-Kashmir State Police Academy Udhampur.

(With agency inputs)