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Kolkata: STATE government has accepted the application for voluntary retirement from police service by IPS officer Bharati Ghosh.

In a notification issued by the state home department today, the government has stated that since Ghosh has already passed the age of 50 (she is 55 years old now), as per All India Service Rules (DCRB), 1958, she is eligible for availing voluntary retirement.

Hence, “…the Governor is pleased to allow Smt. Ghosh to take voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service and to release her from the service w.e.f 2nd January, 2018 (AN),” the notification reads. ‘AN’ here stands for afternoon.

It may be recalled that Ghosh, once very close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was transferred on 25 December from the post of SP West Midnapore to the post of commandant of State Armed Police 3rd Battalion based at Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas.

Unhappy with the transfer to the “low-key” post, instead of assuming the new charge, she reached out to the Chief Minister. But with no response coming in, Ghosh applied for voluntary retirement on 28 December. [READ: Unable to accept change of fortune, IPS officer Bharati Ghosh applies for VRS]