"The government has decided that the Sheena Bora case will be continued to be supervised by Rakesh Maria, irrespective of his elevation and transfer", Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi said.
On a day of high drama, Maria was replaced by Ahmed Javed, a DG-rank official, who took over as Mumbai Police Commissioner in the upgraded post. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had cleared both the appointments before he left for Japan last night.
With questions raised over the timing of the transfer, and the heat it generated in the media, Fadnavis directed that Maria be retained to supervise the investigations.
Maria, who had recently hogged limelight after a video of his meeting in July, 2014 with former IPL chief Lalit Modi in London surfaced, apparently took unusual interest when he frequently went to Khar police station for questioning the accused including Indrani Mukerjea, mother of Sheena.
As various theories floated over the reasons for Maria's transfer, the Maharashtra Home Department had earlier in the day said the changes were made taking into account the law and order factor ahead of the Ganapati festival, dismissing suggestions that that it has some links with the ongoing investigation in the murder case.
"Maria has been promoted to the Director General rank and posted as the DG of Home Guards in Mumbai in place of Ahmed Javed. Javed (who was DG, Homeguards) becomes the new CP of Mumbai,"  K P Bakshi said shortly after the orders were issued.

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