Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said Monday ADGP Rishi Raj Singh, who failed to salute Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala during a police function, would face appropriate action. During a police function last Saturday in Thrissur, Singh had remained in his seat and did not salute Chennithala when the minister arrived on the dais.
Chandy said it was a serious act of indiscipline. “He should not have justified his conduct. It was not a personal matter with Chennithala. Appropriate action will be taken against the officer,” he said.
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Earlier in the day, Congress legislators demanded action against Singh during a party meet, where many of the lawmakers contended that the IPS officer had insulted a constitutional post with his conduct.
Even opposition legislator K B Ganesh Kumar declared that Singh should have respected the minister’s position. The home minister, however, has said he has no issues with the ADGP’s behaviour and it was up to the DGP to look into the matter.
DGP T P Senkumar later said it was the duty of the ADGP to salute the minister and asked him to correct himself if his conduct was deliberate.
Singh has said he was only a guest at the event and as per the invitation letter, all guests were asked to be seated 15 minutes before the programme, and to rise only during the national anthem. It was this justification that irked the state government.