Former director general of police R B Sreekumar has issued a legal notice to BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi as TimesNow TV channel for alleged “slanderous and defamatory” remarks made against him. In the notice, issued through his advocate V K Okhri, the former top cop has demanded from the two “an unconditional apology and pay a sum of Rs one lakh as token damages for his mental pain and agony and for lowering his reputation.”
According to the notice, the BJP leader had alleged in her statement on November 12, 2013, that Sreekumar was a “corrupt police officer”’ and “chargesheeted by the UPA government” , which was contrary to the facts. Lekhi, the chargesheet said, had on November 7, 2013, also allegedly “made a false statement that Sreekumar had framed a false case against Mr Nambi Narayan of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).” “These were done to tarnish the reputation and the image of my client,” the notice said.
The notice further said that the BJP spokesperson had alleged that Sreekumar had “fabricated an espionage case”’ against Narayan “though it was Kerala police that had registered the cases”. Giving details about Sreekumar’s role in the espionage case, the notice said that Sreekumar was posted as deputy director of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) in Thiruvananthapuram in 1994.
As an SIB officer, Sreekumar had assisted the Kerala police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the interrogation of the accused persons in the espionage case and had submitted the gist of the interrogation to his superior in the “interest of national security and integrity”.
When the case, according to the notice, was handed over to CBI, the latter refused to take the help of SIB. After investigation, CBI recommended departmental action against several police officials, including Sreekumar. Sreekumar, the notice says, was issued a chargesheet on November 17, 1999.
He submitted his explanation on August 28, 2000. In January 2005, charges against Sreekumar were dropped by the Union government after an inquiry.