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Krishan Kant Paul (born 6 February 1948) is a former Indian Police Service officer, who served as the Commissioner of Police, Delhi from February 2004 to July 2007.[1][2] Following his retirement from the IPS, he served as the Governor of several states—Meghalaya (2013-15), Manipur (2014-15) and Uttarakhand (2015-18). He had also held the governorships of Mizoram and Nagaland briefly, as additional charges.

Krishan Kant Paul
Governor of Uttarakhand Krishan Kant Paul.jpg
Governor of Uttarakhand
In office
8 January 2015 – 21 August 2018
Preceded byAziz Qureshi
Succeeded byBaby Rani Maurya
Governor of Manipur
In office
16 September 2014 – 15 May 2015
Preceded byVinod Duggal
Succeeded bySyed Ahmed
Governor of Meghalaya
In office
1 July 2013 – 6 January 2015
Preceded byRanjit Shekhar Mooshahary
Succeeded byKeshari Nath Tripathi
Commissioner of Police, Delhi
In office
Feb 2004 – July 2007
Preceded byR. S. Gupta
Succeeded byY. S. Dadwal
Personal details
Born (1948-02-06) 6 February 1948 (age 71)
Spouse(s)Omita Paul
Alma materPanjab University, Chandigarh


Early life and backgroundEdit

Paul was born on 6 February 1948. He did his post-graduation (Master of Science) in Chemistry from Punjab University, Chandigarh. This was followed by his Ph.D thesis in fluorine chemistry, which was highly commended and resulted in 15 research publications of a technical nature, in international scientific journals of repute. In the context of his research work in chemistry, he has over 20 papers published in international scientific journals of repute.[3]


As an IPS officerEdit

Paul joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1970 and was allocated to the AGMUT (Arunachal PradeshGoaMizoramUnion Territories) cadre, under which he was first posted on Andaman and Nicobar Islands and then served as chief of Arunachal Pradesh Police. He was the Commissioner of Delhi Police from February 2004 to July 2007. Paul is credited with having cracked the first ever cricket betting racket in which South African captain Hansie Cronje was indicted. Paul has experience working in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).[3]

While posted in Delhi, he had wide-ranging experience of urban policing and was involved in handling some large events like the 1982 Asian Games, followed by NAM and CHOGM in 1983.[4][5][6]

As a member of UPSCEdit

After retiring from police service, Paul became a member of the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi on 26 July 2007. He served there until July 2013.[3]

As the Governor of statesEdit

On 2 July 2013, Paul was appointed as the new Governor of Meghalaya. He joined on 8 July 2013. On 2 July 2014, he was sworn in as Governor of Nagaland. He was given the additional charge as the 18th Governor of Nagaland.[7]

On 16 September 2014, Paul was sworn in as the 14th Governor of Mizoram. Mizoram was assigned to him as additional charge.[8] On 17 September 2014, he was sworn in as the 15th Governor of Manipur. Manipur was assigned to him as an additional charge.[9]

Paul was sworn in as the 6th Governor of Uttarakhand on 8 January 2015 replacing Aziz Qureshi, who was sent to take charge as the new Governor of Mizoram. This challenged the move of the Narendra Modi government to seek resignations of Governors appointed during the UPA regime. Qureshi filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India stating that Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had called him up the previous July to seek his resignation. However, Goswami denied the allegations.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Paul is married to Omita Paul, a former Indian Information Service officer, who was posted as secretary to former President Pranab Mukherjee, having worked with him, in different capacities since the 1980s.[11][12]

Paul is an avid cricket lover. He was amongst the first Ph.D holders in Police Service.[citation needed] He has maintained his touch with the academics and continued to write on various matters of topical interest. One of his columns, "Brass Tacks", appeared regularly in the daily newspaper The Tribune.


  1. ^ "Raj Bhawan of Uttarakhand". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ "FORMER COMMISSIONERS OF DELHI POLICE". Delhi Police. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "KK Paul is new governor of Meghalaya". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ "(Profile) UPSC Member: Dr. K.K. Paul | IAS UPSC EXAM PORTAL - India's Largest Community for UPSC, Civil Services Exam Aspirants". 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  5. ^ "K.K. Paul is Delhi's new police commissioner". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  6. ^ "The Big House Constant". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  7. ^ KK Paul takes oath as Nagaland Governor (4 January 2015). "KK Paul takes oath as Nagaland Governor | Eastern Mirror Nagaland". Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "K.K. Paul takes oath as acting Mizoram governor". Business Standard. IANS. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Meet the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  10. ^ "KK Paul to be new Uttarakhand Governor". The Hindu. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  11. ^ [1]Indian President’s Secretariat
  12. ^ "Pranab Mukherjee's all-powerful advisor Omita Paul - India News". 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary
Governor of Meghalaya
1 July 2013 – 6 January 2015
Succeeded by
Keshari Nath Tripathi
Preceded by
Ashwani Kumar
Governor of Nagaland
2 July 2014 – 19 July 2014
Succeeded by
Padmanabha Acharya
Preceded by
Vinod Kumar Duggal
Governor of Mizoram
16 September 2014 – 8 January 2015
Succeeded by
Aziz Qureshi
Preceded by
Vinod Kumar Duggal
Governor of Manipur
16 September 2014 – 15 May 2015
Succeeded by
Syed Ahmed
Preceded by
Aziz Qureshi
Governor of Uttarakhand
8 January 2015 – 26 August 2018
Succeeded by
Baby Rani Maurya