Tough woman cop takes on VIPs and the corrupt

DIG D Roopa Moudgil

HIGHLIGHTS

  • D Roopa blew the whistle on VVIP treatment given to former AIADMK general secretary V Sasikala
  • Roopa was transferred after she alleged large-scale irregularities in Bengaluru central jail

BENGALURU: D Roopa, the woman IPS officer who blew the whistle on VVIP treatment given to former AIADMK general secretary V Sasikala, is set to move on.

She has seen many ups and downs since she began her career in 2000, after securing 43rd rank in the UPSC exam. Roopa first catapulted into the limelight in 2004, when she was assigned the task of arresting BJP firebrand Uma Bharatiwho arrived on a train to Hubballi from Madhya Pradesh, in connection with a court case pertaining to the Idgah Maidan riots.

In 2007, she was in the eye of a storm as Gadag district SP, when she took on a former MLA in her fight against unlawful activities in the district. She got her own subordinate suspended for trying to broker a deal between her and the former MLA after the latter moved a privilege motion against her. An MLC from Gadag had also moved a privilege motion against her for arresting him, and she was summoned many times to depose before the legislative council chairman.

As DCP of the City Armed Reserve (CAR) in Bengaluru, she faced the wrath of senior politicians and officials when she withdrew the services of additional escort vehicles that were part of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s cavalcade, without permit. She also dared to discontinue the service of orderlies serving VVIPs and politicians.

A social media savvy officer, she minces no words in expressing displeasure and doesn’t shy away from speaking her mind. She’s been writing weekly columns in a few vernacular newspapers, sharing her views on various issues and is regularly seen on news channels as a panelist.

Recently, she was involved in a Twitter spat with Mysuru Kodagu MP Pratap Simha after four senior IPS officers went on central deputation. Simha had reposted a web article on IPS officers, including her bete noire and woman IPS officer Sonia Narang on his Facebook page, that focused on the migration of four IPS officers from the state with a comment, “They knocked on the Centre’s door for not getting their due in the state”.

Roopa hit out at the MP in her post, asking him to allow the bureaucracy to be free of all political endorsements.

HUBBY ALSO SHUNTED AROUND
Roopa’s husband, IAS officer Munish Moudgil, who is currently managing director of the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation, is no different. He has been transferred over a dozen times in his career for taking on the powers-thatbe. Moudgil was also the victim of an abrupt transfer from the post of commissioner of survey, settlement and land records in July 2016, after he refused to heed the then chief secretary, who wanted to allow illegal inter-village RTC transfer of government land.

RAMP QUEEN

During her college days, Roopa walked the fashion ramp and as a student of AVK College, won the ‘Miss Davanagere’ contest twice in the early 90s. It was her stint at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) at school, and later in college, that changed her attitude towards life completely. She started dreaming of becoming a police officer, inspired by IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who recently backed her for exposing her for exposing the ills inside jail. “I was moved by both khaki and an inspiring speech by Bedi at a function I had attended,” she said in an interview with TOI some time ago, attributing her success to her parents and younger sister Rohini, an IRS officer in Chennai.

 

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