A National leader with over 48 years contribution to nation building and having
had the distinction of being the Chief of Army Staff and later Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh. He is a distinguished international personality and a public speaker with
He has a strategic perspective on security issues foreign policy and relations with
neighbouring countries and world powers. He has a global insight and vision for
strategic defence relations, indigenisation of defence industry and modernisation
of Defence Forces.
The General commanded with distinction, the second largest Army of the world from
31 Jan 2005 - 30 Sept 2007. During his tenure General JJ Singh, refined operational
planning by co-opting the battle winning role of revolution in military affairs
and provided focussed direction based on the ‘Doctrine of the Indian Army’ having
earlier been its architect, He has handled an army of 1.2 million soldiers and managed
defence assets of many billion rupees as the Army Chief. He has done all the professional
courses including to Nepal Defence College and holds a masters degree in Defence
The General served as Governor of the State of Arunachal Pradesh from 2008-2013
and took great interest in the implementation of the Prime Minister’s development
plans related to road, rail, air connectivity and power.
His autobiography ‘A Soldiers General’ was published in 2012 by Harper Collins,
India. The book has been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Bengali besides
being a best-seller in English.
Shri Arup Patnaik was born on 08.09.1955 at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. He passed his
Indian School Certificate Examination from Mayo College, Ajmer, in 1971. He is a
recipient of “National Science Talent Search Scholarship’, awarded by the N.C.E.R.T.,
in 1972. In 1975, he graduated from Delhi University with Hons., in Chemistry. He
later completed his L.L.B. from Bombay University. In 1976, he joined the State
Bank of India, as a Probationary Officer.
He joined the I.P.S. in 1979 and was posted as probationary Asst.Supdt. of Police,
Nasik (1981-1982), Suptd. of Police Latur from 1983- 1986, DCP Nagpur City from
1986-1988, Suptd. of Police, Jalgaon, from 1988-1991. In Mumbai City, he was DCP
Zone VII from March 1991 till March 1994. His role in the infamous Lokhandwalla
shootout and his professional handling of the communal riots of 1992-93, brought
him accolades from all quarters. Shri Patnaik went on deputation to the Central
Bureau of Investigation, Govt. of India in March 1994 and was assigned the critical
charge of supervising investigations into the multi-crore security scam which rocked
the country in 1992. As D.I.G., C.B.I., he headed the Bank Security & Fraud Cell,
a Central Unit of the CBI, which was concerned with the investigation into complicated
Mega Bank scam cases.
Shri Patnaik held the important charge of Additional Commissioner of Police, South
Mumbai, during the period 1999-2001 and was assigned to supervise the Police arrangements
pertaining to U.S. President, Bill Clinton’s visit to Mumbai. Critical areas such
as Dongri, Nagpada, Byculla etc.where underworld elements like Dawood Ibrahim, Arun
Gawli etc. had their base and posh areas like Malabar Hill, Marine Drive, Nariman
Point, Mantralaya etc. fell under his charge.
On promotion as Insp. General of Police, he headed State Reserve Police Force (S.R.P.F.)
for a record tenure from 2001 to 2005. It was during his tenure in the SRPF, that
colours were presented for the first time by the Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra.
He was also the main architect of the Arms & Ammunition policy for the State of
He was moved back to Mumbai Police Commissionerate as Jt.Commissioner of Police,
(Law & Order), a post which he held between 2005 to 2007. The handling of the disastrous
flood in July' 2005, as well as the serial bomb blasts in 2006, were professionally
& meticulously handled by him.
In 2007, Shri Patnaik was promoted as Addl. Director General of Police and he held
the post of Addl. Director General of Police, (Traffic) Maharashtra State, from
July, 2007 to February, 2011. It was during his tenure that the powers of the enforcement,
which were taken away from the State Traffic Police on allegation of misuse, were
restored. He was instrumental in carrying out a detailed audit of Traffic Black
Spots (Accident Prone areas) in the entire State and initiating remedial measures.
In 2011, Shri Patnaik was appointed as the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai on 28.2.2011.
He was superannuated as DG & MD, Police Housing Corporation, Government of Maharashtra
in September, 2015.
Shri Patnaik has represented India in such International forums as Interpol, Lyons
(France) and has participated in anti-money laundering workshops in Tokyo, Japan.
He was also deputed to Washington D.C. and successfully completed the American University's
Introduction to the American Justice System Course and Antiterrorism Executive Forum
(September 10 - 21, 2007) sponsored by the Antiterrorism Assistance Programme Bureau
of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State (S.W.A.T.).
He was member of a high level team to London in September 2011 where he interacted
with Scotland Yard and number of reputed professionals, so as to chart out a comprehensive
CCTV cover project for Mumbai City.
He also led a high level team of Indian Police Officers to Los Angeles from 23/09/2011
to 03/10/2011, for extensive training with FBI and LAPD in counter terrorism techniques.
Shri Patnaik is a recipient of the Director General of Police's Insignia for his
signal contribution in the investigation of Bomb Blast cases of 1993. He distinguished
himself by his effective handling of the Mumbai Communal Riots in his jurisdiction
in 1992-93 and was instrumental in the largest ever seizure of RDX, to the tune
of 1500 kgs., at Mumbra in 1993 i.e. in the aftermath of the serial bomb blasts.
In recognition of his services, Shri Patnaik was awarded the prestigious Indian
Police Medal for meritorious services in 1994 and the President's Police Medal for
distinguished service, in August, 2003.
Shri Patnaik has a variety of interests and hobbies. He has been a keen sportsman
and had distinguished himself in the field of football and boxing. In addition gardening,
reading, philosophy and comparative religion, are his other interests.