Ahmedabad police commissioner, Ashish Bhatia is the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat.
Home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja announced the 1985-batch IPS officer Bhatia as the new DGP on Friday.
Bhatia will hold the post till May 2022.
Incumbent DGP Shivanand Jha retires on July 31.
The 1983-batch officer was to originally retire in April 2020.
But he was given a three-month extension due to COVID-19, which came to an end in July.
Bhatia was appointed as in-charge Ahmedabad Police Commissioner on October 2019 and later given full-fledged responsibility of the same in December 2019.
The cop has also served as police commissioner of Surat and DG CID Crime.
He was also the special director of the Anti Corruption Bureau.
High profile cases of Ashish Bhatia
Bhatia is credited with heading a team that cracked the 2008 serial blast case of Ahmedabad in 19 days.
At that time he was the Joint Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad Crime Branch.
He was among the three officers appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate several 2002 riot cases.
Bhatia was the front runner for the job and most likely to be selected for the post of DGP, media reports had said.
Apart from Bhatia, the two other contenders were Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch officer and TS Bisht, a 1985-batch officer.
Asthana is at present the Director General, Civil Aviation Security and Bisht is the DGP, Civil Defence and Commandant, Home Guard.
AK Singh, former Ahmedabad Police Commissioner and Director General National Security Guard was also a strong candidate.
But the fact that he will retire in two months in September worked against him.