KIRAN BEDI vs Y. S. DADWAL.
ONE of the police force's most famous faces, India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi did not see this coming.
Rumours of the proverbial glass ceiling in Indian bureaucracy gained ground when in July 2007, Bedi -- a 1972- batch officer -- was overlooked for the post of Delhi Police commissioner in favour of her junior Y. S. Dadwal, of the 1974 batch. Y. Raj Gopal, currently in the Intelligence Bureau, was the third contender but was unwilling to take the job.
A strong lobby of bureaucrats in the home ministry opposed to Bedi's outspoken and rebellious behaviour reportedly stalled her appointment.
Bedi was vocal about her " disappointment in the way the government had treated her" and accused PM Manmohan Singh of being unjust.
She applied for voluntary retirement in November 2007 and was relieved of her duties as director- general, Bureau for Police Research and Development on December 25.
Dadwal maintained his silence throughout the brouhaha.
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