A constable, posted as Personal Security Officer (PSO) to the District Judge, is facing departmental action for taking a pilgrimage to Katchatheevu island without informing the higher officials.

M. Saravana Kumar, the PSO to the Principal District Judge, has been transferred to the Armed Reserve police and facing departmental action for undertaking the pilgrimage on February 23, without revealing his police identity and without informing the Superintendent of Police (SP). “As this amounted to violation of conduct rules, he has been transferred to the AR police and departmental action would be taken against him,” SP N.M.Mylvahanan said.

Verification of records revealed that he had applied for the pilgrimage, showing his Elector’s photo identity card (EPIC) and obtained the identity card signed by the Rameswaram Tahsildar and Parish Priest. The SP has taken a serious note on this issue as government servants were not allowed to visit Katchatheevu. The Indian Coast Guard personnel also escorted the pilgrims up to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and returned after handing them over to the Sri Lankan Navy.

The police constable was among 2,831 pilgrims who visited the island for the St.Antony’s festival, hosted by the parish priest of Jaffna.