S. Vijay Kumar

CHENNAI: T. Rajendran, a 1983 batch IPS officer, has been posted as the new Commissioner of Chennai Police, replacing his batchmate K. Radhakrishnan, who has been transferred and posted as Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order). A postgraduate in Economics from Loyola College here, Mr. Rajendran had a long stint in the State intelligence in different capacities. As Director of Narcotics Control Bureau (South Zonal Unit), he represented the country at various operational-level meetings in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

It was under the supervision of Mr. Rajendran that a special team gunned down the dreaded Imam Ali and his accomplices in Bangalore on September 29, 2002. He was then the Inspector-General of Police (South Zone).

Mr. Rajendran, recipient of the President’s medal for meritorious service in 1999, will be the third Police Commissioner of Chennai in a year.

Mr. Radhakrishnan took charge as Chennai Commissioner on November 14 last year, replacing R. Sekar, who was shifted out following a clash between students belonging to two different communities on the Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College campus.

Mr. Radhakrishnan and Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) A.K. Viswanathan, who has also been shifted, were in the eye of the storm following the clash between advocates and the police on the Madras High Court campus on February 19. However, police sources maintained that their transfer had nothing to do with the clash. “The transfer is routine and in the normal course,” a top police officer said.

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