Kerala: Junior Police Officials Can No Longer Be Used For Seniors’ Personal Service
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that the state government would put an end to the “orderly system” or the practice of deploying junior level officials for personal work of senior officers. The minister referred to it as a violation of human rights,
This comes on the heels of a recent incident wherein, the 27-year-old daughter of Assistant Director General of Police was booked under non-bailable charges for allegedly manhandling her father’s official driver. This incident was moved by INC MLA K Sabarinathan in the Assembly, prompting CM’s reply on the same.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, “Maintaining discipline is a priority in the police force, but that cannot be an excuse for human rights violations.”
He also termed the orderly system as a British Raj practice saying, “Using junior officers for the personal service of top brass has been in practice in the state since several decades. It is a degrading practice handed over to us by the British rule. It is a serious issue.” He added that the practice will be stopped in the state with immediate effect.
Strict action will now be taken against any senior official violating this direction issued by the government if found utilising junior employees for personal services.
ADGP’s daughter allegedly manhandled Police driver
Last week, Gavaskar, attached to the Special Armed Police and serving as driver for Sudesh Kumar, ADGP, was admitted to hospital after being allegedly manhandled by Kumar’s daughter following a disagreement.
In the complaint filed by Gavaskar he alleged that the senior IPS officer’s daughter had verbally abused him and hit him hard on his neck and shoulder with her mobile phone.
She then filed a counter complaint under IPC Section 354 (outraging the modesty of woman) and 294-B.
As reported by the Indian Express, the ADGP’s daughter was booked under various sections of the IPC, including 294-B (verbal abuse), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from performing duty) and 324 (causing hurt using weapon).
Yesterday’s assembly where K Sabarinathan was speaking about this incident, he said that, “It took 10 hours for the police to record a statement from Gavaskar while the woman’s statement was recorded without delay.”
In April, Judge N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court expressed surprise over the status report submitted on Behalf of the Director General of Police (DGP) which claimed that the orderly system no more exists in the Police forces and was abolished long back.
Calling it a common knowledge that the system still exists, Judge Kirubakaran said that he knows a retired Police officer who has been provided with six policemen to look after his estate. “I can even give you his address,” the judge told Additional Advocate General (AAG) P.H. Arvindh Pandian.
CM Vijayan’s directive to end this practice is a welcome move. The Logical Indian hopes that other states follow suit.