The government will examine whether police officials accused in criminal cases can be kept off from law and order responsibilities, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.
Replying to questions in the Assembly on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said that the government has submitted a list of 556 officials involved in criminal cases to the High Court. As many as 68 police trainees accused in criminal cases have been removed from the training. They will be reinducted to the training only after acquitted by the court.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kozhikode) Radhakrishna Pillai, who has been accused of firing against students, was promoted as DySP during the tenure of the previous LDF government when a vigilance case was pending against him.
A four-member committee comprising Additional Director-Generals of Police (Intelligence), Crimes, North and South zones have been formed to monitor and review the cases of policemen accused in criminal cases. They meet periodically, review the cases and submit reports to the Director-General of Police for further action.
Another committee headed by the Additional Director-General of Police (Administration) and comprising ADGP (Intelligence) and Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Armed Police Battalion review the cases of trainees and report it to the government for action. A State-level Police Complaint Authority headed by a retired High Court judge and district-level authorities headed retired district judges have been formed to hear complaints about the police.
As many as 19 counterfeit currency cases have been registered since the UDF government assumed office. The State-level committee on counterfeit notes, which met here on July 6, has recommended the airport branches of all banks to install note sorting machines and frame a legislation to give stringent punishment to those involved in counterfeit currency cases.
The committee also decided to conduct a meeting with a representative of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). An Internal Security Wing has been constituted to monitor whether Maoists are active in tribal habitats in forests in the Northern areas of the State. The chances of Maoist groups functioning in tribal belts are there. They are likely to capitalise on the exploitation of tribals. Activities of tribal organisations are also being monitored, the Chief Minister said.