Pune, September 20, 2020: Senior IPS officer Amitabh Gupta today took charge of the Pune City Police from outgoing Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham.
1992-batch IPS officer Gupta (51) is an IIT graduate from Uttar Pradesh. He was earlier posted as Principal Secretary (Special), Home Department, Mumbai. Venkatesham has been appointed as Additional Director General of Police (Special Operations), Mumbai.
Gupta had hit the headlines in April after the state government sent him on compulsory leave for issuing a letter to the Wadhawan family, some of whom are accused in Rs 4300 crore money laundering case, to visit Mahabaleshwar from Khandala during the lockdown. Later, Satara Police had registered FIR against 25 persons, including Wadhawan family members for breaking the lockdown norms and holidaying at a farmhouse in Mahabaleshwar in Satara district.
However, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh defended Gupta saying he has got the punishment for his ‘mistake’ and that he was appointed as Pune Police Commissioner for his good works in the past.