About 14 Additional Deputy Superintendents of Police awaiting promotion for several months are disappointed at the inordinate delay and contemplating sending telegrams to the Chief Secretary expressing their anguish, police sources said on Monday.

Despite a number of vacancies in the rank of Superintendent of Police in different units, including the Crime Branch CID, the ADSPs wonder why their promotion file was kept pending by the Home Department.

While a few of them retired from service during the long wait, one ADSP belonging to the 1976-batch of direct Sub-Inspectors is due to retire this month, the sources said.

“Not many SIs get the opportunity to retire as SPs. As they reach the rank of ADSP, every day matters. Several ADSPs were promoted as SPs on the day of their retirement as it will benefit them in many ways. There have been instances when ADSPs were promoted within six months,” a senior police officer said. Enquiries at the office of the Director-General of Police revealed that the proposal recommending promotion to the ADSPs was sent to the Home Department long ago.

“There are more than 30 vacancies of SPs in different units, including the CBCID that handles sensitive cases,” the official said.

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