A letter written to the Chairman of the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, a non-profit organisation based out of Bengaluru, Inspector General of Police (Home Guard and Civil Defence, Bengaluru) IPS D Roopa said that she would not be participating in their annual Awards.
Roopa had written on Saturday to the CEO of NBF Sridhar Pabbisetty a day before the recipient of the award is set to be announced.
Roopa was nominated for the Government Official of the Year category. Eight government officers including Roopa were shortlisted for the award.
In her letter to Pabbisetty, the top cop has thanked NBF for recognising her efforts but said that she can’t accept the award as it has a high cash reward.
She added, “It becomes all the more relevant now in the view of the ensuing elections.”
In the letter, Roopa congratulated NBF for their “benevolent gesture” and their citizen-centric work, and said that she will support all the social work.
Roopa’s decision comes a day after Rajeev Chandrasekhar was elected as BJP’s Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka. A source close to Roopa said that she preferred to decline her participation rather than return the award, if she eventually turned out to be the winner.
Roopa is first Kannadiga woman police officer to be posted in her home state. She has been transferred 17 times in her career. Prior to her IGP posting was temporarily transferred to Traffic and Road Safety Department.
NBF is an apolitical platform for many civic issues involving the city. The NGO is also party to many cases in courts involving the civic bodies, state government regarding civic and environmental issues.>