Praveen Sood,Karnataka Police Chief,gets prestigious post appointed as CBI Director For 2 Years

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar

It is a Proud moment for the state of Karnataka as the head of the state police force has been handpicked for the prestigious post and appointed as Director of the CBI for a period of two years.

The appointment was made by the high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,CJI,Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud and Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary.

A graduate from IIT Delhi,Sood joined the force and started his career as assistant superintendent of police (Mysore) in 1989.

He later served as the SP of Bellary and Raichur before getting transferred to Bengaluru city as deputy commissioner of police (law and order).

In 1999,he went for a foreign deputation as a police advisor to the Government of Mauritius for three years where he worked closely with European and American police.

Sood took a sabbatical in the year 2003 for pursuing Post Graduation in Public Policy and Management from the Indian Institute of Management,Bangalore and Maxwell School of Governance,Syracuse University, New York.

He was posted as Commissioner of Police of Mysore city from 2004 to 2007.

He was also instrumental in the arrest of Pakistan-origin terrorists during his stint in Mysore.

He has been decorated with Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for excellence in service in 1996,Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2002 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2011.

Besides he is recipient of Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in the year 2006 for his contribution towards road safety & traffic management and national E-Governance Gold Award for ‘Most innovative use of technology for Traffic Management’ in the year 2011.

He also worked as principal secretary,Home department,Additional director general of police, Karnataka State Reserve Police and Additional director general of police,Administration.

As commissioner of police,Bengaluru city,he launched ‘Namma 100’ – an ‘Emergency Response System’ for citizens in distress.

It offers 100 lines managed by multilingual “Communication Officers” 24X7, and the support of 276 Emergency Response Vehicles (Hoysala), spread all over Bengaluru City.

He was also instrumental in launching the ‘Suraksha’ App and ‘Pink Hoyasala’ managed by women cops, especially for women and children in distress.