Nirbhaya Cop Chhaya Sharma Returns To Delhi Police As Joint Commissioner

Chhaya Sharma, Chhaya Sharma Appointed Joint Commissioner
Chhaya Sharma appointed Joint Commissioner, Delhi Police: Indian Police Service officer Chhaya Sharma, who investigated and nabbed the culprits in the Nirbhaya gangrape case of 2012, has been appointed as the Joint Commissioner (Economic Offence Wing) in the Delhi Police. The order of her transfer was announced on November 7.

IPS Officer Chhaya Sharma was serving as the director in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), a central posting that she was handed on July 27, 2020. The order announcing the change of Sharma’s designation was given out by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. During this announcement, Baijal announced that seven IPS officers were getting transferred with “immediate effect”, this included the name of Sharma’s husband Vivek Kishore, who has also been transferred back to Delhi Police as Joint Commissioner in the traffic department. Prior to this posting, Kishore was the Director of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

The other changes include IPS officer Veenu Basal of the 2004 batch as the charge of the Additional Commissioner of Police (northern range), Ravinder Kumar Pandey of the same batch as Additional Commissioner of Police (general administration). Suman Goyal from the 2005 batch has been given charge of the central range, while her batchmate Rajneesh Gupta has been moved to the special branch. A 2008-batch IPS officer Sanjay Kumar Tyagi is the new DCP (IGI Airport).

Who is Chhaya Sharma?

Sharma is an IPS officer from the batch of 1999. She was part of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre and served as DGI at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). She is also the first woman DCP South Delhi. Sharma’s basic lesson is: “Being a police officer doesn’t mean you have to emulate machismo to show your strength. Inner steel is more important–and women have lots of it.”

In 2012, she was the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) in Delhi, when she cracked the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case in mere 24 hours.

Speaking to SheThePeople in an exclusive interview, in 2018, Sharma said that as a woman, someone’s daughter and someone’s mother, she needed to catch the culprits before they disappeared into oblivion. “It was a huge responsibility as they needed to be found as if a needle from a haystack and in a time-bound manner which was tight.” Read her full interview here.

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