Pradnya Saravade, nee Bhosale, is an IPS officer of the 1989 batch, now in the Maharashtra cadre. Presently, she is posted asDeputy Commissioner of Police, Enforcement, in the Mumbai Police. She looks after investigation of cases involving human trafficking, cyber crime, intellectual property rights and counterfeiting. She heads the Cyber Crime Cell of Mumbai Police.
Earlier, for a period of two years, she handled policing of the Port Zone, which include the police stations of Yellow Gate, Sewri and Wadala, apart from the entire coastal policing of the city of Mumbai. Previously, she had had a stint in the Crime Branch (Preventive), looking after preventive law enforcement, social crime involving juveniles and women, intellectual property violation and community policing strategies.
Pradnya has also worked in the in the Central Bureau of Investigation's Bank Securities and Fraud Cell at Mumbai. During this period (1996-2000), she handled the investigation and trial of the Securities' Scam cases, involving Harshad Mehta and others.
Pradnya did her field training in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal. She has handled the work of administration in the Intelligence Branch, West Bengal and the North 24 Pargana district and airport security of Calcutta airport. During the past few years, she has worked at the Securities and Exchange Bureau of India(SEBI);
Pradnya is a medical graduate from the Grant Medical College of Mumbai. She also did post graduation in General Surgery from the same college, before she decided to have more fun by joining the Indian Police Service. It may be mentioned here that at the time of the decision, we were already married and I can claim to have made a significant contribution to her decision!
Pradnya's interests are mostly centred around the family. She gives top priority to spending quality time with the rest of the family. She still manages to take out time to read, mostly non-fiction. The topic of gardening enthuses her no end and the green look of our home is entirely attributable to her. She loves to see new places, and every now and then, can be found making plans of travelling.