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Supercop Kiran Bedi wants out
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Kiran Bedi, the nation’s first woman IPS officer, has put in her papers for voluntary retirement from service. The reason behind this major decision appears to be her desire to move on in life.

The super cop informed The Tribune: “I wanted to move on and take up my own challenges. There are many things I want to do and the government service is simply not enough any more.

“For instance, I would like to further pursue my academic interests and also give my best towards meeting my commitments in social work. I have been working in this direction for sometime and currently run two NGOs and have over a thousand beneficiaries,” she says.

“Also,” says Bedi as she expounds on her plans for a new life, “I would like to undertake exciting travel and do things I have been unable to do in the past. I also have a book in hand which happens to be on leadership. Anyway, who knows this subject better then me that’s why I am writing a book on it.”

On being asked whether she had any grievances following the July decision of the government to appoint Y.S. Dadwal as Delhi police commissioner superceding her, she said: “No grievances whatsoever. Instead I have gratitude towards the service, currently it is simply time to move on and do other things. The July issue does not matter.”

In her application to the union home ministry submitted a few weeks ago, Bedi has cited “strong academic and social interest” as the reason for quitting the service. The application is now under the consideration with the ministry.

Sources within the ministry said they had received Bedi’s application for voluntary retirement from service and it would be cleared as per routine procedure.

Earlier in the year, on being superceded for the top post of commissioner in the Capital, Bedi made her displeasure known when her junior Y.S. Dadwal got the position. Bedi had then protested on what she had then called an unfair appointment and had then threatened to resign and had gone on a protest leave.

Sources within the Bureau of Police Research and Development said she had not been attending office for 10 days and the news comes as an unexpected surprise.

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