New Delhi: With just four months left for Delhi Police chief B S Bassi to retire, the home ministry has initiated the process for selecting the next police commissioner.

A file containing names of four IPS officers were sent to a ministry panel on Monday after home minister Rajnath Singh asked for the file, sources said. The officers, picked by the lieutenant governor’s office on the basis of seniority and merit, are 1978-batch officer Alok Verma, the front runner due to seniority; Deepak Mishra, a 1984-batch officer; and his batchmates Dharmendra Kumar and Karnal Singh.

While Verma is posted as DG (prisons), Mishra is special commissioner (DG-scale) law and order, operations and a few other units while Kumar heads a special unit comprising the crime branch, special cell and the traffic among others. Singh is currently heading the enforcement directorate.

The panel will finalise the name around mid-January, the sources said.

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Source: TOI-Delhi