Srinagar: Suspended IPS officer Basant Rath on Sunday announced his resignation from the service on social media, indicating that he is joining politics to contest from Kashmir.
On his famous Twitter handle Kangri Karrier, which is unverified, as well as WhatsApp status and Instagram post, Rath, who is completing two years of his suspension next month, said that politics is a noble profession.
Addressing Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta and sharing his copy of the resignation letter addressed to Director General of Police Dilbag Singh and Commandant General Home Guard HK Lohia, Rath said, “I wish to resign from the Indian Police Service to be able to Am. Participate in electoral politics.”
“Please treat this letter as my request for resignation/voluntary retirement and process it accordingly,” he said in his letter dated June 25.
In a post about seven hours ago, Rath had written, ‘If I ever join any 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.”
Repeated attempts to reach the officer were not successful as he did not respond to phone calls and messages.
In July 2000, Rath was suspended with immediate effect by the Central Government in connection with repeated cases of gross misconduct and misconduct.
An order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “Disciplinary proceedings are contemplated against Shri Basant Rath (IPS: RR: 2000, JK) in respect of repeated acts of gross misconduct and misbehavior, Which has been brought to the notice of Govt. Govt.
“During the period of suspension, Rath’s headquarters shall be Jammu and he shall not leave it without the permission of the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police.”
The action against the officer comes a fortnight after he filed a police complaint against Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh citing “apprehensions about my life, liberty and bald head”.
Promoted as IGP in 2018, Rath became popular among the people for his effective traffic regulation. However, his stint as IGP-Traffic was short-lived as many questioned his style of functioning.