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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