Pande, whose role as Ahmedabad police commissioner during post-Godhra riots had come under fire, will replace K R Kaushik who was appointed by the EC as the DGP ahead of the assembly elections in the state in December last year.
Kaushik has been shifted to Anti-Corruption Bureau as its Director General, sources in the state Home Department said.
Pande had come in for severe criticism for allegedly doing very little as Ahmedabad's Police Commissioner to contain the riots that had erupted in the city in 2002.
Pande was shunted out of office on October 15 in the wake of a complaint by opposition Congress.
Pande had been transferred along with five other police officers by the Election Commission. Others who were shifted along with Pande were Police Commissioner of Ahmedabad J Mahaparta, Deputy Inspector General (Border Range) I M Desai, Patan District Superintendent of Police J N Rajgor, Rajkot District Superintendent of Police N D Solanki and Superintendent of Police of Tapi district S K Gadhvi.
The Gujarat assembly polls were held in two phases on December 11 and 16. The BJP swept back to power riding on the Modi wave.