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He will take over from outgoing DGP Anurag Sharma, who is scheduled to retire on November 12.

The Telangana government on Friday issued orders appointing Hyderabad City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy, as the in-charge Director General of Police (DGP) of the state.

Mahendar Reddy is an IPS officer from the 1986 batch, and will take over from outgoing DGP Anurag Sharma, who is scheduled to retire on November 12.

A press release from the Chief Minister’s Office said that CM K Chandrasekhar Rao signed the file pertaining to the appointment on Friday evening, while also appointing Anurag Sharma as adviser to the government on internal security.

The press release added that VV Srinivasa Rao, additional commissioner of police of Hyderabad, will be in-charge commissioner of police temporarily.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that Anjani Kumar from the 1990 batch may take over the permanent post.

Explaining how the appointment of the DGP works, the DC report adds that the state government sends a list of six persons to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which in turn selects three officers and asks the government to take a final decision.

It was earlier reported that the other five names sent besides Mahender Reddy, were T Krishna Prasad, Alok Prabhakar, Sudeep Lakhtakia, Tejdeep Kaur Menon and Rajiv Trivedi.  

Born on December 3, 1962, Mahender Reddy is a native of Khammam district and completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering in 1984 from the then Regional Engineering College (REC), Warangal, presently known as NIT, Warangal, according to reports.

He was selected for IPS, while pursuing his M.Tech in IIT Delhi.

Outlining his career, The Hindu reported that he has served as the Assistant SP of Godavarikhani in Karimnagar and Guntur town, Additional SP of Bellampally in Adilabad and SP of Nizamabad and Kurnool districts.

He was also East zone DCP in Hyderabad commissionerate for three years from 1995, and also obtained a Masters degree in Public Personnel Management from the Osmania University, when he was in service.