Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has directed top police officials in the state to maintain discipline and warned that the state government would not tolerate any indiscipline in the department. The chief minister issued the directives in the light of growing tension within the police department after the Bangalore police booked a criminal case against senior IPS officer Additional Director General Police (ADGP) Dr P Ravindranath who was heading the Karnataka State Reserve Police.
The case against the senior IPS officer had resulted in KSRP men blocking traffic and staging protests in the city on May 28. “The government will take stringent action against anybody violating discipline,” Siddaramaiah said in a media interaction.
Siddaramaiah said that there was no failure on the part of the police in handling the situation that arose following the filing of a criminal case against the ADGP for clicking ‘obscene pictures’ of women at a cafe and the officer’s subsequent allegations of conspiracy against Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar. Siddaramaiah said that the government had not failed in handling the situation. “We have ordered a CID probe into the case and we will take action as soon as we get the probe report,” he said.
The chief minister also said that there was not question of transferring the city police commissioner over the incident. A complaint filed against the Bangalore police commissioner by Dr Ravindranath will also investigated by the CID, he said. “We are sure the CID will investigate the case impartially,” he said.