Karnataka govt accepts IPS officer Anupama Shenoy's resignation

Bengaluru, Jun 10: The Karnataka government today accepted the resignation of a senior woman police officer, reportedly at loggerheads with the Labour Minister, as she stuck to her decision surfacing days after quitting and remaining incommunicado.

"The resignation of Anupama Shenoy, DySP Kudlgi sub-division, Ballari District, has been accepted by the government with immediate effect," a notification issued by the state government said.

Anupama Shenoy

She had tendered her resignation on June 4 after accusing Labour Minister P T Parameshwar Naik, also the district in-charge minister, of interfering in her work. Shenoy, who had remained incommunicado since resigning, surfaced today in Kudligi.

The police had set up a special team to track her down, whose alleged posts on Facebook levelling accusations against Naik had created a storm in political circles. Ballari SP yesterday had deputed an officer to go to her hometown Udupi to contact Shenoy and her family.

Earlier, in the day Shenoy had refused to meet Kudligi in-charge DySP R S Patil, who went to her official quarters. Following protests by a group of people against her for taking three persons into preventive detention, Shenoy left the office on June 4 after handing over her resignation letter to subordinate officers, instructing them to hand it over to the Superintendent of Police.

Officials had said Shenoy was acting on a complaint by Dalit activists against the extension of a liquor shop that was blocking the way to Ambedkar Bhavan nearby. Shenoy today said, "I stand by my decision to resign."

Asked about her Facebook posts, she said "I don't know about Facebook; someone might be doing it in my name, it might have been hacked also."

Naik had said he has nothing to do with the officer's resignation and expressed doubts about the veracity of the Facebook account and its user. In January, Shenoy was transferred allegedly at the behest of Naik for putting his call on hold, with the incident triggering a storm.

A video footage purportedly showing Naik making a boastful claim about shunting out Shenoy had also gone viral later. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said the government would not take any hasty decision and would want her to continue in the force, but also pointed out that she was bound by rules.


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