The LDF government's decision for having police commissionerates with magisterial powers has not gone well with the ruling front partner.
CPI legislature party leader and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan has dashed off a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who also holds the Home portfolio. Pinarayi's stand was that such commissionerates with magisterial powers were functioning efficiently in at least 50 urban areas across the country.
However, CPI is peeved at such a vital decision being taken without discussing with front partners.
Incidentally, police commissionerates had established in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram with those of Inspector General rank as heads. However, the order said nothing about giving the commissioners magisterial powers.
The letter says the decision was taken without discussions at the LDF committee or Cabinet meetings. Any further move should be after deliberations and no decision should be taken arbitrarily.
Only District Collectors were conferred with magisterial powers, the letter said, pointing to its misuse by Kolkata and Mumbai police. It also expresses fears of misuse of the UAP Act.