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Haryana IPS officer Bharti Arora seeks premature retirement

ByBhavey Nagpal, Ambala
Jul 28, 2021 10:17 PM IST

Nearly three months after taking charge as inspector general of police (IGP), Ambala Range, Indian Police Officer (IPS) Bharti Arora has sought voluntary retirement

Nearly three months after taking charge as inspector general of police (IGP), Ambala Range, Indian Police Officer (IPS) Bharti Arora has sought voluntary retirement.

Bharti Arora, who took over as Ambala Range inspector general of police (IGP) on May 4, wants to be relieved of the charge and proceed on premature retirement. (HT file photo)
Bharti Arora, who took over as Ambala Range inspector general of police (IGP) on May 4, wants to be relieved of the charge and proceed on premature retirement. (HT file photo)

Arora replaced 2001-batch IPS officer Y Puran Kumar after being transferred here from Karnal on April 29. She also held the additional charge of Karnal Range IGP till May 10.

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In a letter to chief secretary Dr Vijay Vardhan through DGP Manoj Yadava on July 24, the 1998-batch IPS officer sought to be relieved by July 31, citing Section 16(2) of the All India Service (DCRB) Rules after attaining 50 years of age.

Arora also requested that the prior notice period of three months be waived, as per the provision of the rules.

Cites spiritual calling in application

The reason for her seeking premature retirement was not clear, but at the end of her application, she indicated “spending the rest of her life in devotion to God”.

“My service has been my pride and passion. I am very grateful to this service for providing me with the opportunity to serve, to learn and to grow. My gratitude to the state of Haryana for showing me the right path,” her letter reads.

“Now I wish to achieve the ultimate goal of life. I yearn to traverse the path shown by the holy saints such as Guru Nanak Dev, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Kabirdas, Tulsidas, Surdas, Meerabai, the Sufi saints and dedicate the rest of my life in loving devotional service of Lord Sri Krishna,” the letter reads.

She didn’t respond to a questionnaire sent on her official email and his reader showed inability to connect with her for a comment. However, it was learnt that she had reiterated her stance of joining the path to divinity to some local journalists.

Her batchmate, Punjab cadre IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap, who headed an SIT probing the Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura firing cases, took a similar retirement in April and joined the Aam Aadmi Party in June ahead of the assembly elections next year.

Handled several probes in 23-year service

During her 23-year service, Arora has handled multiple investigations including the Samjhauta blast probe as the then superintendent of police (GRP).

Sixty-eight people, mostly Pakistani civilians, had died during the bombings near Panipat on February 18, 2007.

As Ambala superintendent of police, she made headlines for arresting the then BJP MLA Anil Vij, who is now the state home minister, in 2009 during the Congress rule.

She had a run-in with her senior colleague Navdeep Singh Virk in Gurugram in 2015 when she accused him of hampering investigation in a rape case and threatening her, a charge denied by him.

She also headed a unique cow protection police task force as a deputy inspector general-rank officer and the principal of Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai in Sonepat, both in 2016.

Most recently, she had headed an SIT that looked into immigration fraud cases in state in 2020, when the team was awarded by the home ministry for their probe earlier this year.

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