Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state police chief T.P. Senkumar has directed subordinate officers not to issue any orders on his behalf. It has been a practice at the police headquarters (PHQ) for officers from assistant inspector general (AIG) to the additional director-general (ADGP) to issue orders 'on behalf of the state police chief.
The PHQ AIG issues such orders governing police constables, up to sub-inspectors. In the absence of the DGP, the ADGP or the inspector-general (IGP) in charge of the PHQ signs orders on more serious matters. Letters to the government are also handled this way. Tradition is that decisions taken at meetings attended by the DGP are also signed by subordinate officers and issued as orders.
Senkumar's order halts all such practices. The government had brought in its loyalists at the PHQ just ahead of Senkumar's takeover. Sources at the PHQ said the state police chief was worried over the implications of any faulty order issued on his behalf.
ADGP Tomin Thachankary had issued orders recently on providing security to four members of the previous government. The police review committee, that includes the Intelligence chief, had earlier decided to provide two constables each to four ex-ministers including K.C. Joseph, V.K. Ibrahim Kunju, and P.K. Jayalakshmi. But one of the four complained that the order had not been implemented. It was in response this complaint that the ADGP ordered two constables each for them.