India’s first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi has quit her job to fulfill her ‘academic’ and ‘spiritual’ interests.
Bedi has gone in for voluntary retirement 18 months before she would have officially retired. The home ministry is processing her application.
“It’s good to retire while you are still needed. I want to pass on the baton while it is still a winning race,” Bedi said, allaying speculation linking her latest move with the recent disappointment over not being appointed Delhi’s top cop.
“I live only in the present. Whatever happened, whatever I said, it’s behind me,” Bedi said.
When asked about rumours that she could join politics, Bedi said such speculation was hypothetical.
Brij Bedi, her husband, said the government forced her to take this step by denying her the commissioner’s post. “It is a slur on the face of the government that a world-renowned police officer has chosen pre-mature retirement,” he said.
A 1972 batch IPS officer, Bedi is currently serving as the Director-General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development. She was due to retire in June 2009. In total, 43 IPS officers of her batch are still working in different states.
Stressing that she needed time for social and academic work, Bedi said she was interested in teaching leadership and management skills.
(With Kuldeep Mann in Amritsar)