Senior IPS officer Bhaskar Rao, who is currently serving as the Additional Director General of Police, Railways in Karnataka has sought voluntary retirement from service on Thursday, triggering speculations over his entry into politics.
In April 2021 he was appointed as Special nodal officer in charge of Enforcement of Covid guidelines in the Belagavi region.
It may be recalled that in 2014 he was the First Commissioner of Police of Belagavi city once the Police Commissionerate was established.
Bhaskar Rao is a 1990 batch IPS officer from Karnataka cadre, and he applied for VRS three years before his retirement age, citing personal reasons.
On Wednesday, he applied for VRS to DG&IGP Praveen Sood and Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar.
The Chief Minister is the final authority to decide on his application.
He rubbished some reports that he was quitting to join politics.
Sources close to Rao said that he has been very unhappy over being “unceremoniously” shunted from one post to the other over the last year, reports the New Indian Express.
Though there are rumors of his desire to join politics, he refused to comment on the next course of action. Mr. Rao said that with three decades of service he had the best time in the department. “Now is the time to exit, learn, motivate, and mentor,” he said, without elaborating on his future plans, reports The Hindu.