The Punjab Government today appointed counter-intelligence expert DGP Gaurav Yadav as officiating DGP of Punjab for a period of two months. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had earlier handpicked Yadav as his Special Principal Secretary. Yadav supersedes six officers, who were senior to him on this day in the Punjab Police IPS cadre seniority list besides two others (Dinkar Gupta and Parag Jain) who are on central deputation.
Incidentally, Yadav and Delhi CM and Arvind Kejriwal had cleared the Civil Services Examination together in 1992. While Yadav got selected in the Indian Police Service, Kejriwal went for the Indian Revenue Service.
Yadav headed the Punjab Police’s 2014 international operation to arrest Jagtar Singh Tara, one of the most wanted terrorists.
Yadav, son-in-law of former Punjab DGP PC Dogra, has held several important posts, including officiating head of the Intelligence wing during the SAD-BJP government in 2016. He remained an SSP in Punjab for 10 years and the Commissioner of Police for four years. He was the Chandigarh SSP from 2002 to 2004.