There is a complaint against IPS officer Vartika Katiyar, who was the superintendent of police, Dharwad, until October last year. The complainant is none other than her estranged husband, according to media reports.
Katiyar is a native of Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the 2010 batch of the IPS. She is currently posted as the superintendent in the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) Research Centre.
Her husband – Niteen Yeola, an IFS officer posted as a deputy secretary in the ministry of external affairs – has filed the complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), accusing her of using her “police position” to stop him from meeting their seven-year-old son.
The NCPCR has ordered the Karnataka police chief to look into the matter.
Katiyar and Yeola got married in 2011. In February 2020, she filed a case of dowry harassment against her husband and in-laws at Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park police station. Katiyar claimed her in-laws demanded Rs 3 lakh in cash and gold jewellery from her. In 2012, her husband allegedly took a cheque for Rs 5 lakh from her family.
In 2016, Katiyar said Yeola had smashed her hand with a marble box in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which left her with a fracture. Yeola has denied the allegations.