Probe against SAP officer for mistreating camp followers

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has ordered a high-level probe against former deputy commandant of state armed police (SAP) P V Raju over serious charges, including of camp followers.

In an order issued by the home department, accessed by TOI, the government has asked state police chief Behera to recommend a senior officer for the probe.

It has been reliably learnt that the police headquarters has recommended the name of IG (intelligence) Ashok Yadav to probe the charges against the police officer based on Behera‘s recommendation.

The police chief‘s decision has come in the wake of a report submitted by (armed police battalion) Shafeen Ahmed against the officer.

“He misbehaved with camp followers and used obscene language against them during interviews. He also used to misbehave with the doctor and the ministerial staff at the SAP,” the report against him said.

The report also said that when a skin disease spread among the trainees of the armed police battalion, he did not take proper care of their health, hygiene and sanitation and, as a result, the disease spread among the recruits and the news was flashed in print and electronic media.

The report also said that he did not make arrangements for the annual firing practice for senior officers held at Mukkunnimala on April 6 and disobeyed the orders of ADGP (armed police battalion).

It further said that he convened a ‘sabha‘ at the SAP camp, where he misused the name of his senior officer.

In addition, the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau also has registered a case against Raju and a private entrepreneur, under Sections 13 (2) and 13 (1) (d) of the prevention of corruption Act, and Sections 465, 468 and 471 of the IPC, on January 22 this year.

The case was registered for conniving with Sajeev S, proprietor of Sree Vinayaka Traders and quotations of various firms for purchase of cooking vessels, sports goods and name plates for police personnel at the SAP.

He used the forged quotations for awarding supply orders to the firm, thereby causing a pecuniary loss of Rs 3,84, 890, the vigilance preliminary findings said.

Based on the report, the state police chief had recommended the government to initiate a departmental inquiry against the officer. The officer is currently posted in security wing, after he was removed as deputy commandant of SAP, when the allegations of misbehaviour against the camp followers surfaced recently.

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