Krishan Kant Paul
6th Governor of Uttarakhand
In office
8 January 2015 – 21 August 2018
Chief MinisterHarish Rawat
Trivendra Singh Rawat
Preceded byAziz Qureshi
Succeeded byBaby Rani Maurya
13th Governor of Meghalaya
In office
1 July 2013 – 6 January 2015
Chief MinisterMukul Sangma
Preceded byRanjit Shekhar Mooshahary
Succeeded byKeshari Nath Tripathi
Governor of Manipur
Additional Charge
In office
16 September 2014 – 15 May 2015
Chief MinisterOkram Ibobi Singh
Preceded byVinod Duggal
Succeeded bySyed Ahmed
Governor of Mizoram
Additional Charge
In office
16 September 2014 – 8 January 2015
Chief MinisterLal Thanhawla
Preceded byVinod Kumar Duggal (additional charge)
Succeeded byAziz Qureshi
Governor of Nagaland
Additional Charge
In office
2 July 2014 – 19 July 2014
Chief MinisterT. R. Zeliang
Preceded byAshwani Kumar
Succeeded byPadmanabha Acharya
Police Commissioner of 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 76)
SpouseOmita Paul
Alma materPanjab University, Chandigarh

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.

Early life and background

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.[3]


As an IPS officer

Paul has experience working in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).[3][4][5] He was the longest serving Police Commissioner of Delhi from February 2004 to July 2007.[6][7]

As a member of UPSC

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 states

On 2 July 2013, Paul was appointed 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 Governor of Nagaland.[8]

On 16 September 2014, Paul was sworn in as the Governor of Mizoram. Mizoram was assigned to him as additional charge.[9] On 17 September 2014, he was sworn in as the Governor of Manipur. Manipur was assigned to him as an additional charge.[10]

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 Narendra Modi's government's attempts to make Governors appointed during the UPA regime resign.[11]

Personal life

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.[12][13][14]


  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. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ "K.K. Paul is Delhi's new police commissioner". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "The Big House Constant". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Bioprofile of Dr. Krishan Kant Paul, H.E. the Governor, Uttarakhand" (PDF). Uttarakhand Government. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  7. ^ Krishnan, Revathi (18 January 2020). "Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik to retire — but don't be surprised if he gets another job". ThePrint. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "K.K. Paul takes oath as acting Mizoram governor". Business Standard. IANS. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Meet the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  11. ^ "KK Paul to be new Uttarakhand Governor". The Hindu. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  12. ^ Mustafa, Seema (22 April 2016). "Is There a Conflict of Interest Between Rashtrapati Bhawan and Raj bhawan, Uttarakhand?". The Citizen. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Indian President's Secretariat". Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Pranab Mukherjee's all-powerful advisor Omita Paul - India News". 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
Political offices Preceded byRanjit Shekhar Mooshahary Governor of Meghalaya 1 July 2013 – 6 January 2015 Succeeded byKeshari Nath Tripathi Preceded byAshwani Kumar Governor of Nagaland 2 July 2014 – 19 July 2014 Succeeded byPadmanabha Acharya Preceded byVinod Kumar Duggal Governor of Mizoram 16 September 2014 – 8 January 2015 Succeeded byAziz Qureshi Preceded byVinod Kumar Duggal Governor of Manipur 16 September 2014 – 15 May 2015 Succeeded bySyed Ahmed Preceded byAziz Qureshi Governor of Uttarakhand 8 January 2015 – 26 August 2018 Succeeded byBaby Rani Maurya