The police raid on the CPM office in Thiruvananthapuram last week by Superintendent of Police Chaithra Teresa John as part of hunt for culprits in the attack on a police station has landed the party in a piquant situation.
While Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the raid on the party office, the inquiry report by ADGP Manoj Abraham said the raid was legitimate though the officer could have exercised more caution.
Pinarayi told the Assembly on Monday that normally raids were not conducted on political party offices. On the contrary, it was the duty of police to safeguard these institutions. He claimed that there was a mechanism where a political leader involved in a police probe cooperated with it. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala raised the matter in a submission and said if action was taken against Chaithra, it would only send wrong signals and demoralise the police force.
DGP Loknath Behera ordered a department probe into the matter after CPM district secretary Anavoor Nagappan filed a complaint. Manoj Abraham has submitted his detailed report and reportedly not mooted any action against her. His interim report earlier too justified police action.
Chaitra was removed from the responsibility of DCP the very next day after the raid. The government claimed that she had been given charge as the DCP was on Sabarimala duty she retained her post immediately on return. UNI