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Nov 27, 2007 at 01:04pm IST

Kiran Bedi quits police force, takes voluntary retirement

New Delhi: India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi has decided to quit the uniform.

In her application to the Union Home Ministry submitted a few weeks ago, Bedi has cited pursuant of "strong academic and social interest" as the reason for seeking voluntary retirement from service.

The application is now under the consideration of the ministry.

TAKE A BREAK: Bedi applied for voluntary retirement from service saying she needs time for academic interests.

“I have requested the government to grant me voluntary retirement,” said Bedi.

When asked if she quit because she was superseded for the post of Delhi Police Commissioner in July, Bedi said that was a thing of the past and she had moved on since then.

“I have gratitude for the police force and all the people,” she added.

Bedi, a 1972 batch IPS officer of the UT cadre, emerged as a strong contender for the coveted post of Delhi Police Commissioner held by K K Paul in July this year.

But the Centre overlooked highly decorated police officer to name a junior IPS officer, Yudhvir Singh Dadwal, as the new Police Commissioner of Delhi, inviting sharp reaction from the country's first woman IPS officer.

Sources in the Government say Bedi was overlooked because she has not been in active policing of late but the celebrated officer thinks otherwise.

When asked if the Magsaysay award winner, known for the reforms she carried out in Tihar Jail and her stint in the United Nations, will continue her social work, she said, “My focus would be protection against crime, social reforms and protection of women.”

“I have raised my own standards for a new challenge,” added Bedi, who is the Chief of the Bureau of Police Research and Development.

Meanwhile, sources in BPRD said she was not attending office for the last ten days.

“Normally she discuss everything with us. We are surprised at this move," news agency PTI quoted a senior BPRD officer as saying.