In a significant decision, the Kerala cabinet convened on Tuesday and finalized the appointments of Dr V Venu as the new chief secretary of Kerala and Shaik Darvesh Saheb as the next Director General of Police (DGP).
Dr V Venu, a 1990-batch IAS officer, currently holds the responsibility of the home and environment departments. An accomplished individual, Dr Venu’s journey to the civil services began after he pursued a medical degree. His wife, Sharada Muraleedharan, serves as the additional chief secretary of the local self-government department, adding to the couple’s exceptional contributions to public service.
Shaik Darvesh Saheb, an IPS officer from the 1990 batch, presently holds the position of the fire force chief. The cabinet’s decision to appoint Saheb as the next DGP was based on his exemplary track record and the trust he has garnered from the Chief Minister, given his impeccable performance and the absence of any controversies during important assignments.
While considering the DGP post, the cabinet also deliberated the candidature of K Padma Kumar, the jail superintendent who holds seniority. However, Saheb’s professionalism, integrity, and impressive achievements made him the preferred choice for the esteemed position. Throughout his career, Saheb has undertaken various significant roles, commencing as an ASP in Nedumangad and later serving as SP in Wayanad, Kasaragod, Kannur, Palakkad, railways, state special branch, commandant of MSP, and Kochi City Police Commissioner in the rank of SP. He has also served as Governor’s ADC and contributed to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. Moreover, Saheb has held key positions such as assistant director and deputy director at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, IG in SBCID, police headquarters, Thiruvananthapuram Range, Thrissur Range, and Armed Police Battalion, and additional excise commissioner and director of Kerala Police Academy.
With an extensive training background, including courses in the United States, Saheb’s academic qualifications are equally impressive. Graduating in agriculture, he went on to earn a doctorate in agronomy and an MBA in finance. In recognition of his exceptional service, Saheb has been honored with prestigious accolades such as the President’s Police Medal in 2016 for distinguished service, the Indian Police Medal in 2007 for meritorious service, the Ati Utkrisht Seva Padak, and the United Nations Peace Keeping Medal.
Originally hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Saheb’s family comprises his wife Sheikh Farida Fathima, his children Dr Ayesha Alia and Faraz Muhammad, and his son-in-law Muhammad Ifthekar.