Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday appointed senior IPS officer K.P. Raghuvanshi as the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad hours after the Bombay High Court pulled up the authorities over the crucial organisation remaining headless since the killing of Hemant Karkare in the 26/11 terror attacks here last November.

The appointment of Mr. Raghuvanshi, who is at present Additional Director-General of Police, was announced by State Home Minister Jayant Patil. Mr. Raghuvanshi was holding additional charge of ATS so far. Earlier in the day, a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari, while hearing one of the several PILs filed on alleged security lapses during the terror attacks, said: “We are sorry to note that the head of ATS has not been appointed though more than seven months have passed [after the terror attacks in which Karkare was killed].”

“We are unable to appreciate this attitude,” the court said, directing that the post be filled within four weeks. During the hearing on the petition by advocate V.P. Patil, the judges asked Public Prosecutor Satish Borulkar about newspaper reports that no senior IPS officer was willing to take up the post of ATS chief. — PTI