The government on Tuesday suspended Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) S. Sreejith.
The IPS officer, who is at present serving at the Kerala Police Training Academy in Thrissur, was suspended on the basis of a police report that he should be investigated in detail on the charge of colluding with a suspect to foist a corruption case on an investigating officer. The Chief Minister, who signed the suspension order, has also accepted the Home Department’s recommendation to register a crime case against the DIG. According to government sources, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Malappuram, reported to the District Police Chief last year that he possessed credible information that K.A. Rauf, relative of Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty, was attempting to foist a corruption case on him.
The Dy.SP. reportedly stated that Mr. Rauf had turned inimical to him after he arrested the businessman on the charge of cheating some quarry owners in Malappuram.
(Mr. Rauf had shot into public attention chiefly because of his televised pronouncements against Mr. Kunhalikutty’s alleged role in the controversial ice cream parlour sex scandal case.)
Subsequently, the Home Department ordered the police to keep a tab on Mr. Rauf. Official sources said police surveillance “unravelled” Mr. Rauf’s “links” with Mr. Sreejith.
The sources said the police had transcripts of the mobile conversations between Mr. Rauf and Mr. Sreejith over a period of several months.
Home Department sources claimed that the transcripts pointed to other “deals”, including an attempt to own land at Kodagu in Karnataka, and contained derogatory comments about certain higher officials.
The government suspended Mr. Sreejith on the basis of a report filed by Inspector-General of Police, Thrissur, A. Gopinath. The IG was reported to have recorded the statements of Mr. Sreejith and Mr. Rauf before he sent his preliminary report and recommendations to State Police Chief K. Balasubramanian, who then forwarded it to the government.