Karnataka Home Minister KJ George on Thursday said the state government has decided to initiate a departmental enquiry against Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) P Ravindranath accused of taking objectionable pictures of women at a Bangalore cafe recently.
The minister made the announcement in a written reply to a question raised by a Member of the Legislative Council, MC Nanaiah, during its ongoing session on Thursday. Nanaiah, a Janata Dal (Secular) MLC, demanded immediate action against Ravindranath and said that the government should have accepted his resignation or suspended him as soon as the incident was reported.
The home minister also informed the House that the government has already taken action against Sub-Inspector MS Ravi and Constable Manjunath of the High Grounds police station, who failed to handle the case properly when the incident took place on May 26. Ravi and Manjunath were suspended on Tuesday, when the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted its report to the state government about the incident.
George also said that disciplinary action will be taken against policemen attached with the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) for allegedly staging a public protest supporting Ravindranath.
“The government had served a notice to Ravindranath asking him to explain the incident based on the report submitted by the DG&IGP on June 2. But his answer was not satisfactory. So, a show cause notice was issued to him through the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) on June 24. Further action will be taken against Ravindranath once he replies to the notice,” George stated.
The written answer also reveals that the CID submitted a chargesheet against Ravindranath before the court on Tuesday. The charges under Sections 354 (criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC were dropped based on the CID’s findings. The police filed a chargesheet against him under the provisions of Section 509 (act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.