Rakesh Maria is the Joint Commissioner of Police, of the Mumbai Police. He was first the DCP (Traffic) in 1993 where he cracked the serial blasts, and later moved to DCP (Crime). After the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar blasts on 25 August 2003, Maria cracked the case, arresting six persons, including a couple for planting the explosive devices inside taxis.Maria is in charge of leading the investigations to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He belongs to the 1981 batch of the Indian Police Service. His first posting was as assistant superintendent of police in Akola, and then Buldhana, in the interiors of Maharashtra. He came to Mumbai in 1986, where he became famous and influential in no time. The character Ajay Lal, in Sukethu Mehta's "Maximum City", is based on him. In the movie Black Friday, actor Kay Kay Menon plays the role of Rakesh Maria.