Amid Aryan Khan Row, Anti-Drug Agency Chief Gets Full-Time Role Till 2024

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Amid Aryan Khan Row, Anti-Drug Agency Chief Gets Full-Time Role Till 2024

Satya Narayan Pradhan is a Jharkhand cadre 1988-batch IPS officer (File)

New Delhi:

Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Satya Narayan Pradhan has been appointed as Director-General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on a deputation basis till the date of his superannuation on August 31, 2024, or until further orders.

Mr Pradhan, a Jharkhand cadre 1988-batch IPS officer, was currently holding additional charge of NCB chief despite holding the responsibility of Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

He was given additional charge of NCB Director-General after Rakesh Asthana was appointed as Delhi Police Commissioner.

As 1988-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer Atul Karwal was on Tuesday appointed as NDRF Director-General, Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in a late Wednesday order appointed Mr Pradhan as Director-General of NCB on a full-time basis.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) later directed the concerned wing for the approval of the ACC appointment of Mr Pradhan to the post of Director-General, NCB on deputation basis, “with effect from the date of his assumption of charge of the post and till the date of his superannuation on August 31, 2024, or until further orders, whichever is earlier”.

The MHA also requested to relieve Mr Pradhan from his charges of NDRF Director-General immediately to enable him to take up the new assignment.

Mr Pradhan’s full-time appointment in the lead role comes at a time when the anti-drug agency is caught in a controversy in connection with the drugs bust case in which actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is an accused. 

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