Senior IPS officer Bharti Arora, who is currently posted as the Inspector General of Police of Ambala Range in Haryana, has sought voluntary retirement from the service citing personal grounds.
“Now I wish to achieve the ultimate goal of life. I yearn to traverse the path shown by the Holy Saints like 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,” Arora said in a letter to the Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan sent through the Director General of Police Manoj Yadava,
Arora, a 1998-batch IAS officer wrote, “I voluntarily submit this application seeking retirement from the service with effect from August 1, 2021, under rule 16 (2) of All India Services (DCRB) Rules, 1958, after attaining 50 years of age. It is further requested to relax the period of prior notice of three months, as per proviso of the said rules.”
In her letter, Arora further wrote, “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. It is my humble request to you to consider my request and allow me to voluntarily retire from service with effect from August 1.”
During her service of 23 years, Arora handled the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast case as then Superintendent of Police (Railways). She also headed a special investigation team (SIT) that looked into immigration fraud cases in the state in 2020.
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. In the first tenure of BJP Government in Haryana, she was appointed as the nodal officer to check slaughter and smuggling of cows in the state.
Arora also hit the headlines for a tussle with 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.