IPS Rina Mitra of Madhya Pradesh cadre has recently been appointed as the principal advisor for internal security to the West Bengal government. The 1983-batch IPS Officer was in contention to become the CBI Chief. She retired on January 31 and claimed that the Appointment Committee held a meeting a day after her retirement to ensure that she does not get the top post in CBI despite having the necessary qualification.

“I did qualify on all parameters to be considered for selection to head the premier investigation body of the country. I was indeed the senior-most officer fulfilling all the four essential criteria including experience in CBI and anti-corruption. However, an easily avoidable delay of just one day in the selection process ensured that I was bumped out of the race and no longer in contention,” she wrote, quoted TNIE.

If the 1983-batch IPS Officer Mitra had become CBI Chief, she would have been the first woman to head the premier investigating agency. She recently caught a lot of media attention after she accused the Narendra Modi-led selection committee of deferring its selection process a day.

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Mitra has called her first post-retirement assignment ‘homecoming’ and said that she was looking forward to it. Her appointment as Mamata Banerjee’s security advisor gains significance after the recent turn of events in the state as the clash between the centre and the state gain strength.

I did qualify on all parameters to be considered for selection to head the premier investigation body of the country. I was indeed the senior-most officer fulfilling all the four essential criteria including experience in CBI and anti-corruption.

Mitra is originally from Sanctoria in Asansol in West Bengal. She studied literature in her bachelors from Kolkata’s Lady Brabourne College as well as in her masters from Calcutta University. She earned her MPhil from National Defence College.

In her over 34 years career, she served in Madhya Pradesh as Superintendent of Police in three districts, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Inspector General of MP Crime Investigation Department (CID), state police IG as well as in the MP vigilance department. Apart from these, she also served in Railway Board, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and was director of National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science.

Picture credit: The Telegraph

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