Thiruvananthapuram: Adopting a firm stance, the state government on Thursday effected the transfers of at least six ranking police officers who were part of the probe team which initially investigated the solar scam during the previous United Democratic Front government's term. There were unconfirmed reports that some of them may be suspended from service too.
Director-general of police (DGP) A. Hemachandran, who headed the crime branch, was replaced by DGP B. Muhammed Yasin, now intelligence chief.
Additional DGP T.K. Vinod Kumar will head the intelligence wing for the time being. Earlier, Hemachandran was tipped to be the managing director (MD) of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). To facilitate this, M.G. Rajamanickam, an IAS officer, was removed as MD of the public utility. He has not been given a new posting.
Additional DGP (ADGP) K. Padmakumar, named for destruction of evidence by the Justice Sivarajan Commission which probed the scam, has been shifted out as director of the Kerala Police Academy and appointed as managing director of Marketfed.
Based on the recommendations of the commission, the police department ordered the transfer of six officers, including that of two superintendents of police (SP).
G. Ajith and Reji Jacob were the SPs transferred. Deputy superintendents of police, Sudarshan and Jaison Joseph; circle inspector B. Roy and sub-inspector Biju John Jacob have been shifted out of their current offices.
ADGP Padmakumar and DySP K. Harikrishnan will be prosecuted for destruction of evidence. The commission had recommended action against G. R. Ajith, former office-bearer of the police association, for breach of discipline.
A criminal inquiry will also be initiated into the allegation that he accepted Rs. 20 lakh as bribe from the culprits in the solar scam. The LDF government's decision to prosecute police officers had been causing widespread resentment with officers stating that this would affect the morale of the force. Also, there was criticism that the judicial commission had overstepped its brief.