Sanjay Arora is the new Delhi Police Commissioner

Sanjay Arora: Sanjay Arora, a Tamil Nadu-cadre IPS officer who oversaw the paramilitary ITBP, will assume control of the Delhi Police as Delhi Police Commissioner.

Key Facts:

  • He is scheduled to retire in 2025.
  • He will be replacing the previous Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana, an IPS officer from the Gujarat cadre class of 1984 who retired after nearly 38 years of service.

Rakesh Asthana:

  • Rakesh Asthana has made some significant reforms to the Delhi Police over the past year, including combining Police Control Room units with police stations and removing law and order from the investigative section.
  • The 61-year-old was appointed as Police Commissioner of Delhi in July 2021, just four days before his superannuation. 
  • Earlier, he served as the Special Director at the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) and while serving as Director General of Civil Aviation Security, he was also given the additional charge of the Narcotics Control Bureau.

About Sanjay Arora:

  • Sanjay Arora, 57, played a pivotal role in forming the Special Security Group that provided protection to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu during the time when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was active.
  • He was the Superintendent of Police in the STF that cradked down on the Veerappan Gang.
  • As an instructor, Mr. Arora has made remarkable contributions in the field of training, serving as Commandant (Combat Wing) at the ITBP Academy, Mussoorie, from 2000 to 2002.
  • Between 2002 and 2004, he assumed charge as the Commissioner of Police of Coimbatore city, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Villupuram Range, and Deputy Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption.
  • Arora was named Director General of the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in August 2021.
  • He also served in the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).


  • He was given the Chief Minister’s gallantry medal for his bravery while leading the Tamil Nadu Police STF, which was established to track down the forest brigand Veerappan.
  • Apart from the CM’s gallantry award, he has been honoured with the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2004, President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2014, Police Special Duty Medal, Antrik Suraksha Padak and UN Peacekeeping Medal.