Woman Cop in Gurgaon, Involved in Fight With Senior Over Rape Case,Transferred

CHANDIGARH:  The Haryana government, on Monday evening, ordered the transfer of senior police officer Bharti Arora from Gurgaon, who was allegedly involved in a verbal spat with her senior officer over the investigation into a rape case.

Ms Arora was moved from her current assignment as joint commissioner of police in Gurgaon to the inconsequential posting as deputy inspector general (DIG) for welfare and training.

She had accused her boss, Navdeep Singh Virk, who is the Gurgaon commissioner of police, of “harassment and mental torture” and wrongly interfering in the enquiry into a high-profile rape case, involving the son of an Indian Administrative Service officer.

She has also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the matter.

Mr Virk, however, denied the allegations.

Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) Yashpal Singhal had marked an enquiry into the accusations levelled by the two senior police officers against each other.

Police sources said that Ms Arora’s transfer came after the enquiry officer submitted his report.

Ajay Bhardwaj, an MNC executive and the son of Gurgaon’s former deputy commissioner R.P. Bhardwaj, was booked for rape and his family members for criminal intimidation under Indian Penal Code last year.

The complainant was Mr Bhardwaj’s former live-in partner, a resident of Ardee City Gurgaon, with whom she has a child. He was arrested by Gurgaon police from his office in Noida on August 1, 2014.

“I have written to Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal and will demand high-level probe, including CBI, into the wrongly interference by Mr Virk in the alleged rape case,” Ms Arora had told media persons in Gurgaon.

She claimed that Ajay Bhardwaj and his family were intentionally implicated in the rape case. The officer said that complainant had earlier slapped such charges on two men.

Ms Arora had written to the DGP against Gurgaon commissioner of police, seeking his intervention, saying she feared that Mr Virk might harm her career.

Mr Virk has also sent a report to the DGP alleging that Ms Arora is bent on saving the rape accused as his sister is known to her.

The controversy started in July last year when Ms Arora was asked to probe the case. At that time, Mr Virk was not posted as Gurgaon police chief.

Mr Virk, responding to the allegations, said: “I am sad that the valued colleague had to issue false statements in the media in matters which are official and under the consideration of the police headquarters, to hide her own misconduct.”

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