Rina Mitra, a 1983 batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh key group, has been appointed by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the state’s principal advisor. Ms. Mitra could have become the first woman to head the CBI but she was kicked off due to the delay of just one day in the selection process and has retired.

Ms. Mitra was serving as special secretary internal security in the Home Ministry since March 2017. Not only that she was one of the 12 officers who got shortlisted to take over as CBI earlier this month. She won the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1999 and the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in 2008.

On February 5, Rina Mitra herself wrote in the Telegraph newspaper, “I did qualify on all parameters to be considered for the selection to head the premier investigation body of the country… I was indeed the senior-most officer fulfilling all the four essential criteria including experience in CBI and anti-corruption… However, an easily avoidable delay of just one day in the selection process ensured that I was bumped out of the race and no longer in contention.”

She was born on Sept 1, 1959, and brought up at Sanctoria in West Bengal. She has completed her graduation from Kolkata’s Lady Brabourne College and M.A in Literature from Calcutta University. Ms. Mitra also earned an MPhil from National Defence College.


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