D. Roopa

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D. Roopa
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Indian Police Service officer
Roopa Divakar Moudgil

EducationMA (Psychology)
Alma materBangalore University

Roopa Divakar Moudgil, commonly known as D. Roopa is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Davanagere, Karnataka. She is the first woman to become an Indian Police Service (IPS) official in Karnataka.[1][2][3][4]

She is currently the Inspector-general of police Railways, one of the highest-ranked officers in hierarchy in Bangalore and Karnataka. She was also posted as Additional Commandant General, Home Guards & Ex-Officio Additional Director, Civil defence, [5] commissioner for traffic and road safety and Deputy Inspector General of Prisons in Karnataka.[6]

She has given various talks at TEDx conferences in India and is a popular face among IPS officers.[7][8][9]

Early life and education[edit]

D Roopa, with the then Prime Minister, Sri V P Singh and Minister for Science & Technology Sri Raja Ramanna; as Best National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadet, represented Karnataka in New Delhi while in class 9.

D Roopa, was born in Davanagere. Her father is J H Divakar, a retired engineer. She has one sibling.

She completed her graduation from Kuvempu University Karnataka with a gold medal, and post graduation MA in psychology from Bangalore University.[2][10] Roopa is a well versed with Hindustani Classical music and a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.[10] She has recently released a music video on 2018's International Women's Day to inspire women.[11][12]

In 2003, she married Munish Moudgil, an alumnus of IIT Bombay and currently an IAS officer. They have two children Anagha and Roshil.[13]


Roopa cleared her UPSC exam with All-India-rank 43 in 2000.[14] She underwent a training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, where she was ranked 5th in her batch and was allotted to the Karnataka Cadre.

Soon after the training, Roopa was posted as Superintendent of police (SP) in Dharwad district, north Karnataka. She also served as SP in Gadag district, Bidar and finally in Yadgir district, before she moved to Bengaluru.[13]

In 2007, she was given the role of arresting the then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and present Union Minister Uma Bharati in relation to a court case in Hubballi.[2] In 2008, she arrested Mr Yavagal, who was an ex-minister. During this case, she also got her subordinate DSP Mr Masooti, suspended for being continues touch with Mr Yavagal and tried to protect the guilty.[2][4]

She became the first lady police officer in the nation to head the Cyber-Crime police station/division, in 2013. While she was the DCP, City Armed Reserve, Bengaluru, she had withdrawn 216 excess gunmen kept unauthorisedly by 81 politicians. She also had withdrawn 8 new SUVs of the department that unauthorisedly remained with an ex-Chief Minister of Karnataka.[15]

In July 2017, Roopa was transferred from her post as Deputy Inspector General Prisons, a post she took over barely a month ago to the commissioner for traffic and road safety, days after she found irregularities inside the jail and alleged that AIADMK (Amma) general secretary V K Sasikala was enjoying VIP treatment at Parappana Agrahara central prison. In a report, she submitted to the Home Department and Director General of Police (DGP) for Prison Department H N Sathyanarayana Rao, Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Roopa claimed that Sasikala was being provided with VIP treatment in jail, a whole corridor comprising five cells had been set aside for her private use, an exclusive kitchen to cook meals for her and the relaxed visiting hours in exchange for a Rs 2-crore bribe to jail officials.[16]

In January 2019, the high-level probe led by retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar, an independent inquiry committee, that inquired into this allegations of irregularities has found and confirmed "serious lapses" and "falsification of records" on the part of senior prison officials in extending special treatment to V.K. Sasikala. It further vindicated her stand and a case has been registered in Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) based on her report. Inquiry committee also found that prison officials were aware that the cells were provided to V.K. Sasikala for private use. [17]

She was selected by Israel Foreign Ministry to be part of “Discover Israel delegation” to promote ties between the two countries.[18] She has been transferred 41 times in 17 years till 2017, has faced privilege motions for naming politicians in FIRs. She is also currently facing a defamation case seeking ₹ 20 crore by DGP Satyanarayana.[1]


She has been awarded the President's Police Medal twice, in 2016 and 2017.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Always followed rule of law, says Karnataka IPS officer D Roopa". theprint. theprint. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "D. Roopa: the 'outsider' top cop of Karnataka". livemint.com. livemint. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Karnataka Cop D Roopa, Who Exposed Sasikala's VIP Treatment in Jail, Gets President's Medal". news18. news18. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Illegal convoy cars use by Yeddyurappa". praja.in. praja.in. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Karnataka: 36 IPS officers promoted". deccanchronicle.com. deccanchronicle. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "DIG Roopa shifted to road safety and traffic for 'exposing VIP treatment' to Sasikala". timesofindia. timesofindia. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Everyone Should Watch This Brave IPS Officer's TED Talk Calling Out Political Corruption & Sexism". scoopwhoop. scoopwhoop. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  8. ^ TEDx Talks (2018-03-23), What happens in prisons and what ought to happen. | Roopa D Moudgil | TEDxBangalore, retrieved 2018-04-21
  9. ^ TEDx Talks (2018-01-03), Why Bureaucrats Hesitate to Act | Roopa D Moudgil IPS | TEDxDSCEWomen, retrieved 2018-04-21
  10. ^ a b ""I write, sing, shoot": Who is D Roopa?". babusofindia.com. babusofindia. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Bengaluru: Tough cop D Roopa releases music video to inspire women". newindianexpress. newindianexpress. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  12. ^ "ದಿಟ್ಟ ಪ್ರತಿಭಾವಂತ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ ರೂಪಾ ಮೌದ್ಗೀಲ್". kannada.oneindia.com. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Taking the ups and downs together". timesofindia. timesofindia. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  14. ^ "I write, sing, shoot Who is D Roopa? 10 things about this Karnataka cadre IPS". babusofindia. 18 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Outlook Speakout is Women Empowerment". Outlook. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Karnataka police officer who alleged VIP treatment for Sasikala in jail transferred". Indian express. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Probe confirms Sasikala got special treatment". The Hindu News. The Hindu. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  18. ^ "D Roopa Moudgil". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Times of India. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Police medals for 23 in State". thehindu.com. The Hindu News. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

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