Maharashtra government appoints Vivek Phansalkar as new Mumbai Police Commissioner ahead of crucial floor test

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration, led by CM Uddhav Thackeray, on Wednesday named veteran IPS officer Vivek Phansalkar as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner ahead of the anticipated floor test.

Phansalkar, an IPS officer from the 1989 batch, will take over as police commissioner on Thursday. Thursday is the final day of service for retiring senior officer Sanjay Pandey.

Former positions held by Phansalkar include running the ATS in Maharashtra. Phansalkar has been the Thane police commissioner since 2018. Prior to it, he had served as Mumbai’s Anti-Corruption Bureau’s assistant director general since 2016. Phansalkar was also the Police Housing and Welfare Corporation’s DG and MD.

His nomination comes a day before the pivotal floor test for the struggling Maharashtra administration, which is led by Uddhav Thackeray and is now facing a survival dilemma as a result of a mutiny led by Shiv Sena Leader Eknath Shinde.