Lesser known facts about Maharashtra's new DGP Hemant Nagrale

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: January 7, 2021 09:15 PM2021-01-07T21:15:43+5:302021-01-07T21:15:43+5:30


Hemant Nagrale, an IPS from 1987 batch Maharashtra Cadre officer, will be holding the additional charge of Directorate General of Maharashtra Police. The IPS officer pursued his schooling till the sixth standard from ZP School in Bhadrawati, located in Chandrapur district, and later moved to Nagpur where he completed his schooling from Patwardhan High School.

Nagrale holds a degree of BE (Mechanical) from VRCE Nagpur (now VNIT) and is post-graduate in Master of Finance Management (JBIMS, Mumbai). Hemant Nagrale has received several awards like the President’s Police Medal, Vishesh Seva Padak and Antarik Suraksha Padak for his service over the years.

As an IPS officer, his first assignment (1989-92) was in the Naxalite-affected Chandrapur District as ASP of Rajura. He was appointed as DCP in Solapur from 1992 to1994 and was instrumental in the creation of new Commissionerate of Solapur.

His controlling of law and order situation in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid Communal riots in Solapur city in 1992 was much appreciated.During his tenure as SP, Ratnagiri (1994-1996), he handled the land acquisition matter related to Dabhol Power Corporation

He investigated the MPSC paper leakage case which was spread over to several parts of Maharashtra when he was the SP, CID, Crime (1996-1998).

Nagrale is also known for solving the infamous Anjanabai Gavit child kidnapping and murder cases. This case ended in capital punishment by the Supreme Court.During his tenure as Special IGP (Administration) in DG office, he revamped the MPKAY Scheme (Health Scheme of Maharashtra Police) and reduced expenditure by Rs 10 crore in the year 2011-12 while making it more effective.

In addition, Hemant Nagrale has provided his services to the CBI (March 1998- September 2002) and was posted as SP, Banking and Fraud, CBI, Mumbai, and later as DIG, CBI, New Delhi. From 2007 to 2008, he was appointed as Additional Commissioner of Police (East), Mumbai and handled the communal unrests in sensitive areas.

During his tenure at the CBI, he supervised and completed the investigations of several cases including the Rs 130 crore Bank of India case of Ketan Parekh Scam, Madhaopura Co-op Bank Scam (Rs 1,800 crore) and the Harshad Mehta scam case in 2001 (Rs 400 crore). His services as the Staff Officer of SS Puri, who was appointed as DGP, SIT to probe the Telgi Stamp Paper Scam as directed by the Bombay High Court, was deeply commended for detailed research and matching scrutiny.