Vipul Aggarwal

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Vipul Aggarwal
Born (1976-07-08) 8 July 1976 (age 45)[citation needed]
Alma materMaulana Azad Medical College[1]
Occupationpolice officer, physician
Years active2001-
Known forDeputy CEO of National Health Authority

Vipul Aggarwal is a 2001 batch Indian Police Service Officer from the Gujarat Cadre.[1] He is also a physician.[1] Since February 2020 Aggarwal has been Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority.[2]

In 2010 Aggarwal was accused and imprisoned along with 36 others in the death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and its various surrounding events.[3] In 2018 the court discharged Aggarwal from the case with the finding that there was no evidence against him.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Dr. Vipul Aggarwal is a serving Indian Police Service officer of 2001 batch, Gujarat cadre. He is a medical doctor turned cop who is known to be a pragmatic and proactive officer with more than 19 years of work experience behind him. Vipul Aggarwal received an MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College in 1999 with a gold medal in forensic medicine. He joined the Indian Police Service in 2001 from the Gujarat cadre.[1] At the Sardar Vallabh Bhai National Police Academy (SVPNPA) he was the batch topper and the recipient of the coveted Home Minister's Revolver and PM's Baton for “Best All-Round Officer Trainee". In 2010 Aggarwal was police superintendent in the Dahod district.[5]

Death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh[edit]

In May 2010 the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Aggarwal and others on accusations of their involvement in the Tulsiram Prajapati killing and the death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.[5][6] The investigation and case ran from Sohrabuddin's death in 2005 till the end of a trail in 2018, including many turns and twists.[7] On 10 October 2014 the Bombay High Court granted Aggarwal bail after he had been incarcerated for four years.[5] A month later, Aggarwal rejoined the police force after the Gujarat government revoked his suspension.[5] In September 2018 Aggarwal was one of a few officers to get discharged from the case for lack of any evidence.[4] In December 2018 the case ended with the discharge of remaining defendants.[3]

Aggarwal's supporters said that prosecutors charged him due to mistaken association with D. G. Vanzara.[8] Supporters said that at the time of his arrest, he only had ₹23,000 as movable assets and consequently they organized a fundraiser for his legal defense.[8] A 2012 profile of Aggarwal described him as wealthy after using a RTI request to find that he owned real estate worth ₹1.35 crores. However it was reportedly due to revaluation of his residential house purchased before joining the government service.[9]

Shortly after his detention, the court held Aggarwal in additional remand in the course of the investigation.[10] The police incarcerated Aggarwal in Palanpur.[11] While incarcerated the Gujarat High Court had refused to release him on bail.[12] The CBI alleged that Aggarwal could tamper with evidence if released on bail.[13] Prosecutors named then Gujarati state minister Amit Shah as being key conspirator in the case and Aggarwal as the key offender.[14]

Health administration[edit]

At the end of 2014 Aggarwal was eligible for a government posting but without a position in the police service.[5] In January 2015 he accepted an appointment as director of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).[15] Around this time he also took police training for 7 weeks in Australia.[16]

Aggarwal's training in Australia could have made him eligible for promotion in the police force.[17] While he was in training and away from his post, the 2015 Indian swine flu outbreak became severe.[17] In the context of the pandemic and after relieving from NRHM Aggarwal, was available for another government posting.[17] Aggarwal then joined the Gujarat Medical Service Corporation as director.[18]

Before being appointed as Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority, he served as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Admin) of Ahmedabad city, a position with immense administrative responsibilities, human resource and finance management. In February 2020 Aggarwal accepted an appointment as Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority.[2] In this role he would oversee the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which is the publicly funded health care system of India.[2] Launched in 2018 September, Ayushman Bharat Yojana the world's largest public-sector health insurance scheme covering 40% of our country's vulnerable population has completed 24 months since inception. Ayushman Bharat is among the very few schemes in the country that is completely data-driven. It is using data and analytics for all operations—policy design, fraud control, hospital empanelment, operational monitoring, COVID-19, etc.

Other activities[edit]

In 2019 Aggarwal made public announcements inviting the public to have coffee with him while discussing community and government.[19][20]

Aggarwal requested education reform in the arbitrary CBSE practical exam grading system.[21][22][23][24]

Various tabloid journalists reported an argument in which Aggarwal countered some socio political twitter comments of actress Swara Bhaskar.[25][26][27][28][29]


  1. ^ a b c d Garima (28 February 2020). "National Health Authority gets a new Deputy CEO in IPS Officer Dr Vipul Aggarwal".
  2. ^ a b c Express News Service (26 February 2020). "Vipul Aggarwal becomes deputy CEO of National Health Authority". The Indian Express.
  3. ^ a b c Phadke, Manasi (21 December 2018). "CBI court acquits all 22 accused in Sohrabuddin & Prajapati 'fake encounters'". ThePrint.
  4. ^ a b Press Trust of India (10 September 2018). "HC upholds discharge of Vanzara, 4 others in Sohrabuddin case". Outlook.
  5. ^ a b c d e Mehta, Satyakam (1 December 2014). "Gujarat IPS officers involved in fake encounter released to "weaken" the prosecution: State government insiders". Counterview.
  6. ^ Dasgupta, Manas (4 May 2010). "In a surprise move, IPS officer held in Prajapati case". The Hindu.
  7. ^ Press Trust of India (21 December 2018). "Sohrabuddin encounter case: A timeline". India Today.
  8. ^ a b George, Varghese K (1 February 2011). "IPS men unite, raise funds to defend officer". Hindustan Times.
  9. ^ Bhattacharya, D. P. (7 September 2012). "Over 18 senior IPS officers in Gujarat are crorepatis, reveals RTI". India Today.
  10. ^ DNA Correspondent (12 May 2010). "Sohrabuddin Shaikh case: Vipul Aggarwal's remand extended". DNA India.
  11. ^ Express News Service (18 May 2010). "Vipul Aggarwal sent to Palanpur jail". The Indian Express.
  12. ^ Khan, Saeed (20 March 2012). "The Gujarat high court has refused bail to IPS officer Vipul Agrawal". The Times of India.
  13. ^ DNA Correspondent (13 November 2011). "Tulsi case: CBI opposes Vipul Agrawal's bail plea". DNA India.
  14. ^ Soni, Nikunj (22 April 2013). "Amit Shah, IPS officers face triple murder case". DNA India. Zee News.
  15. ^ Shaikh, Sarfaraz (25 January 2015). "Encounter accused Vipul Aggarwal made NHRM director, Dinesh MN promoted as DIG". The Times of India.
  16. ^ Times News Network (2 March 2015). "After bail, IPS Vipul Agarwal heads to Australia". The Times of India.
  17. ^ a b c Jha, Satish (9 April 2015). "Tulsiram case: After NRHM, IPS Vipul Aggarwal appointed as MD of GMSCL". The Indian Express.
  18. ^ "How encounter accused fared". Ahmedabad Mirror. 24 April 2017.
  19. ^ "પોલીસ પ્રત્યે પ્રજાના રોષના કારણ જાણવા IPS વિપુલ અગ્રવાલ કોફી વીથ વિપુલ કાર્યક્રમ યોજશે". Divya Bhaskar (in Gujarati). 10 June 2019.
  20. ^ TV9 Webdesk11 (10 June 2019). "પોલીસ અને જનતા વચ્ચે સેતૂ બંધાય તે માટે લોકોને કોફી પીવડાવશે અમદાવાદના આ". Tv9 Gujarati (in Gujarati).
  21. ^ Ahmedabad Mirror (8 May 2019). "IPS officer flays CBSE's IA system". Ahmedabad Mirror.
  22. ^ ABP Asmita (7 May 2019). "JCP Vipul Agrawal interview on complain against Rachna school of Ahmedabad".
  23. ^ News18 Gujarati (7 May 2019). "અમદાવાદ : દીકરીને ઓછા માર્ક્સ આવતા IPS અધિકારીએ સ્કૂલ સામે ઠાલવ્યો રોષ". News18 Gujarati (in Gujarati).
  24. ^ Sen, Navrang (7 May 2019). "અમદાવાદ: દીકરીને 10મા ધોરણમાં ઓછા માર્ક્સ આવતા IPS અધિકારીની સ્કૂલ સામે ફરિયાદ". Iam Gujarat (in Gujarati).
  25. ^ Ahmedabad Mirror (29 June 2019). "Ahmedabad Additional CP trolls Swara Bhasker, faces backlash". Ahmedabad Mirror.
  26. ^ Quint Entertainment (29 June 2019). "How Swara Bhasker Shut Down an IPS Officer for Trolling Her". The Quint.
  27. ^ J. K. R. Staff (7 June 2019). "Gujarat IPS officer faces condemnation for trolling Swara Bhasker, deletes tweet after apology". Janta Ka Reporter.
  28. ^ team (28 June 2019). "Swara Bhasker Hits Back An IPS Officer For Trolling Her: "My Being 'Selective' Doesn't Harm Anyone"". Koimoi.
  29. ^ Dainik Bhaskar Hindi (29 June 2019). "इस IPS ने स्वरा को 'सिलेक्टिव' बताते हुए की ट्रोल करने की कोशिश, बचाव में उतरे फैंस". दैनिक भास्कर हिंदी (in Hindi).

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