The Haryana government on Monday transferred Gurgaon joint commissioner of police (traffic) Bharti Arora in a move that is being seen as a fallout of her spat with her senior and Gurgaon commissioner of police Navdeep Singh Virk.
Arora had publicly accused Virk of interference in the investigation of an alleged rape case.
Bharti has been posted as deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, welfare and training, Panchkula, against a vacant post. She is among the six IPS officers who were transferred on Monday.
Even though senior police officials in Chandigarh maintained that Arora’s transfer was not related to the recent spat with Virk and termed it as a routine exercise, sources said that the Haryana police top brass was annoyed with Arora for taking her differences with the police commissioner to the media.
Reacting to the decision to transfer her, Arora said, “It is the government’s decision and whatever happens has something good in it. I have nothing more to say than that I have been transferred from Gurgaon and I accept the decision.”
Arora had accused Virk of misconduct at a press conference on September 29,. Prior to this, Arora had also written a letter to director general of police, accusing Virk of allegedly coercing her to implicate the in-laws of the rape victim into the case.
Following the feud, chief minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar, on October 3, directed the director general of crime KP Singh to hand over a report on the incident and all the four cases filed against Ajay Bhardwaj, the accused and the rape survivor within a week.
A senior police official in Chandigarh said that Singh has submitted the inquiry report to the DGP but he is yet to forward the same to the department of home.
“The police officials are reshuffled every now and then. The transfer is of a total of 11 officials, of which one is Bharti Arora. These orders have nothing to do with the feud between the commissioner of police and joint commissioner of police,” said a senior official.
A total of six IPS officers and five HPS officers were transferred. The list was released by the state government on late Monday evening.