Odisha-Born IPS Officer Resigns From Service, Hints At Joining Politics; Check His Posts

Srinagar/Bhubaneswar: Controversial Odisha-born IPS officer Basant Rath resigned from the Indian Police Service (IPS) while hinting at joining electoral politics in Kashmir. He posted his resignation letter on social media on Sunday.

In the resignation addressed to the chief secretary of J&K, he wrote; “Sir, I wish to resign from the IPS in order to be able to participate in electoral politics. Please consider this letter as my request for resignation/voluntary retirement and process it accordingly”.

He addressed copies of the resignation letter to the DGP J&K Police and Commandant General, HG/CD & SDRF J&K.

In an earlier post about seven hours ago, Rath wrote, “If I ever join a political party, it will be BJP. If I ever contest an election, it will be from Kashmir. If I ever join politics, it will be before March 6, 2024.”

In 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had suspended the ISP officer two weeks after he filed a police complaint against Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, with whom he was also allegedly involved in a nasty social media tiff.

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The 2000-batch officer of J&K cadre was born in 1972 in Odisha and studied Sociology at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.


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