Bhubaneswar, September 23: Odisha-born IPS officer and former Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP) Jalada Kumar Tripathy has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Odisha.
The name of the 1985-Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer for the post was finalised at a virtual meeting of the Committee presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday, attended by Law Minister Pratap Jena and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Pradipta Naik.
“The Governor of Odisha is pleased to notify the appointment of Jalada Kumar Tripathy as the State Chief Information Commissioner, Odisha Information Commission from the date he assumes charge of office,” said a notification issued by the Information and Public Relations Department.
The post of the CIC has fallen vacant with Sunil Mishra retiring on August 15 this year.
Tripathy, who retired as DGP on June 30, was also the Police Commissioner of Chennai.
Born at Bheda of Cuttack district, Tripathy has served the State police in various capacities across Tamil Nadu over three decades. During his tenure as Commissioner of Police, Tiruchi, he brought laurels to the force by introducing innovative schemes to prevent crimes that bridged the gap between the police and the public.
He has also served as the IGP, South Zone, Chennai Police Commissioner. He was posted with the Crime Branch CID and Economic Offences Wing and credited for cracking the 2012 Chennai Bank Robberies.
The Odia officer is also the first cop to receive the ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ in 2008.