Shankar Bidari

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Shankar Bidari
ಶಂಕರ್ ಬಿದರಿ
Shankar Bidari.jpg
Indian Police Service, Government of Karnataka
In office
July 1978 – May 2012
Personal details
Born Shankar Mahadev Bidari
(1954-08-27)27 August 1954
Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s) Dr.Umadevi
Children 2
Occupation Civil servant

Shankar Mahadev Bidari was the Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) of the state of Karnataka.[1][2] An Indian Police Service officer of 1978 batch, he was also the Commissioner of Police of Bangalore city. Bidari hails from Banahatti City in Bagalkot District, Karnataka. He was succeeded as DG & IGP by Abdul Rahman Infant in March 2012.

Family background[edit]

Shankar Bidari's family has a distinction of having five civil servants from a single family of six members.[3] Bidari hails from a Lingayat family. Bidari's daughter Vijayalakshmi Bidari, IAS topped the Civil Services Examination for the year 2001.[4] Her husband Mallikarjuna Prasanna, an IPS officer is a DCP in Mumbai.[5] His son Vijayendra Bidari, an IPS officer is the current Superintendent of Police of Tirunelveli.[6] His wife Rohini P Bhajibhakare, IAS from Solapur is a probationer working as assistant collector in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Shankar Bidari's wife Umadevi, who is a doctor by profession, is the only non-IAS and non-IPS person in the family.[5]

Awards and Honours[edit]

Dr Shankar Bidari, I.P.S is the most highly decorated police officer in the state of Karnataka. He is decorated with :

  • Karnataka Chief Minister’s Gold Medal in 1989
  • Andhra Pradesh Mukyamantri Shourya Padakam in 1990.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for the 2nd time in 1991.
  • The Police Medal for Gallantry in 1991.
  • President’s Police Medal for Meritorious service in 1995.
  • President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2003.
  • First Bar to the Police Medal for Gallantry in 2011.

Many reputed institutions and associations all over the State have honoured him with titles like “Vishwashri”, ‘Kayakashri”, “Basawashri” award carrying a cash component of Rs.5 Lakhs by Shree Murga Mutt, Chitradurga in the year 2012 in recognition of his distinguished service to the society, “Tippu Sultan Award”, “Sri Vishveshwaraiah Award”, ‘Pride of Karnataka”, ‘Shishunala Shariff Awrd”, ‘Kumara Rama Award”, Karnatakashri Award”, “Mallikarjun Mansoor Award”, “Sangolli Rayanna award”, “Dr. Ambedkar Award”,.

Karnataka High Court Order set aside by the Supreme Court of India[edit]

On March 30, 2012, the Karnataka High Court, in response to a petition filed by the then senior most IPS officer of Karnataka DGP Abdul Rahman Infant challenging the appointment of Mr Shankar Bidari as Karnataka DG&IGP, struck down Mr Bidari’s appointment as the state DG&IGP. The decision by the Karnataka High Court for removal of Bidari as DG&IGP was based on the decision taken by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Bangalore bench, on March 16, 2012, which quashed the appointment of Shankar M Bidari as DG&IGP of Karnataka. It then directed the Karnataka State Government to appoint Infant as DG&IGP of Karnataka on ad hoc basis.[7]

He preferred an appeal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court which gave the judgment in his behalf by exonerating him of all the allegations and held that the order of the High Court is not correct and restored his honour. He retired from service after 32 years of distinguished service, in May 2012.

See also[edit]

Ravi D Channannavar


  1. ^ DNA CORRESPONDENT. "‘Shankar Bidari is next Karnataka DG & IGP’". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Staff Reporter. "‘Bidari has plans aplenty for State police’". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Sharoz Dawa. "‘Bidari’s family is all IAS, IPS’". Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Vijayalakshmi Bidari. "‘My Journey to the civil servicies ’". Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Bangalore Mirror Bureau. "‘BIDARI'S FAMILY IS ALL IAS, IPS’". Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  6. ^ New SP assumes office
  7. ^ TNN. "‘DGP Shankar Bidari to go, Infant is in’". Retrieved 17 Mar 2017.