22/02/2017 10:28 PM IST | Updated 22/02/2017 11:37 PM IST

Two Women IPS Officers Who Were Missing From Work For 12 Years Have Been Finally Forced To Resign

One of them, wanted in fake encounter case, is teaching policing in UK.

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The government on Wednesday forced two IPS officers to resign. The reason? They had been missing from work for over 12 years now.

According to a report in News18, the two women officers, Marie Lu Fernandes and Jyoti Belur, have been missing from service since 2005.

The Home Ministry official quoted the official rules:

"As per All India Service Rule 7 (2) a, if you are missing from service for more than a year, it is considered a deemed resignation. Her [their] deemed resignation was accepted when state government pointed it out to the MHA."

Belur, in fact, is wanted in a 20-year-old fake encounter case in which four persons were killed. A Ghaziabad court has also re-issued a non-bailable warrant against her.

A Hindustan Times report says that Belur is currently living in London and is a teaching staff member at the University College London (UCL).

Fernandes on the other hand had opposed the action against her by claiming that she was pursuing a PhD in the US and thus should be excused from official duties. The MHA accepted her deemed resignation on 3 February.

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