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August 10, 2023

No ‘Spring’ for Cop Basant Rath

New Delhi, August 10: Controversial suspended cop Basant Rath will no longer be in service, as India’s Ministry for Home in a latest order has announced his premature retirement.

On August 10, MHA, India, ordered “premature retirement” of the already suspended IPS officer.

Rath’s suspension was extended for another six months in July.

Rath has been overtly critical of Jammu and Kashmir’s current Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh, in his series of tweets. The MHA order said that Rath had been found guilty of “repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour”.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under Rule 16(3) of the All India Services (Death-Cum -Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the President in consultation with the UT Division, Ministry of Home Affairs hereby requires Shri Basant Kumar Rath, IPS (AGMUT: 2000), a member of the Indian Police Service borne on the AGMUT cadre, to retire in public interest with immediate effect by giving three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of notice,” read the order.

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