R. Natraj, retired officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS), was on Friday appointed the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Public Services Commission (TNPSC).
He will hold the post till he attains the age of 62 years [March 2013], according to the order issued by the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department.
He fills the vacancy caused by the resignation of R. Sellamuthu following the allegations of large-scale irregularities in the selection of candidates to various government posts.
Mr. Natraj is likely to assume charge on Saturday.
Belonging to the 1975 batch, Mr. Natraj served the State and Central governments in various capacities.
While in the Central Reserve Police Force, he worked in the North-East and Jammu and Kashmir. Between 1986 and 1990, he was First Secretary in the Indian High Commission in Kathmandu.
During 2003-2006, he held the post of Chennai Police Commissioner in two spells. Later, he was Director General of Police in-charge of Prisons and Fire and Rescue Services.
In the recent past, Mr. Natraj was in the limelight when he challenged the appointment of Letika Saran as the State DGP in 2010. The Madras High Court last week upheld her appointment.