A 1981-batch IPS officer, Meeran Chadha Borwankar is the second woman IPS officer of Maharashtra, the first woman IPS officer to lead the Mumbai Crime Branch, the first woman Superintendent of Police (Aurangabad and Satara districts) and Commissioner of Police (Pune) in Maharashtra. Born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, she did her postgraduation from DAV College, Jalandhar. Later, she also studied Policy Analysis in Law Enforcement at the University of Minnesota, USA.
Known as a woman super-cop, Borwankar has played a huge role in the extradition of Abu Salem, Monica Bedi, Tariq Parveen and Sharmila Sitaram Naik alias Sharmila Shanbhag. She was awarded the President’s Medal for distinguished service in 2006, apart from the police medal in 1997 and the Director General’s insignia for meritorious service in 1996 and a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (2001-2).
Amongst other posts, she has served as DCP, Ports (Mumbai Port Trust), DCP, Zone 4 (a key posting in Mumbai), DSP, Aurangabad and Satara. She also handled important assignments with the Crime Branch, Mumbai, Economic Offences Wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Mumbai, and was DIG of the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI in New Delhi. Borwankar shot to fame when she supervised investigation of the infamous Jalgaon sex scandal in 1994 after which she came to be known as an expert in investigating such scandals.
She is remembered for putting a number of Mumbai mafia members behind bars, including Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan gang members as Mumbai’s first woman Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), the job she took when the Mumbai police’s reputation was in tatters. She is at present Director General, Legal and Technical, Maharashtra Police.
VOL. 9, ISSUE 9 | DEC, 2015