Thiruvananthapuram/Anchal: DGP Loknath Behera has recommended action against crime branch inspector general of police I. J. Jayachandran for reckless and drunk driving in a police car during duty hours.
The DGP has reportedly submitted a letter to the home secretary in this regard.
Crime branch IG E.J. Jayarajan and police driver Santhosh were earlier apprehended for driving around in the police car an inebriated state on Wednesday.
The police force which was alerted to a recklessly moving police car in the vicinity had intercepted the vehicle near Anchal police station at 5pm on Wednesday.
The duo were heavily inebriated and could not even pull themselves out when the Anchal police intercepted them, it was reported.
DGP Behera, who was intimated on the matter, had ordered blood tests on the apprehended police officer and his driver at the Punalur taluk hospital following which above-permissible alcohol content was revealed.
Santhosh, the driver, was booked for drunk driving and later let off on bail. The vehicle, which was kept at the DYSP's office in Punalur, has also been released.
The duo had reportedly reached Anchal after a party at IG Jayarajan's friend's place in Kottarakkara.
An inquiry has begun, said IG Manoj Abraham, adding that they will have to face departmental action for the misuse of the official vehicle and drinking during duty hours.
The apprehended officer, IG Jayaraj, had previously been involved in a drunken brawl on board Jan Shatabdi express and had allegedly misbehaved with passengers including women.