Thiruvananthapuram: A crime branch inspector general who went on a happy drive after a booze party has been suspended from service. E J Jayaraj also faces a department-level inquiry.
Jayaraj and his official driver Santhosh were waylaid by the people at Anchal near Kollam after the police car was spotted moving around in a suspicious manner at 5 pm on October 24. The local police subjected Jayaraj and Santosh to medical tests and found that they were drunk. Santosh was earlier suspended from service.
Jayaraj’s suspension follows a report from police chief Lokanath Behera. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed chief secretary K M Abraham to issue the suspension order.
The director general of police reported that the senior officer’s mistake was of a serious nature and it has put to shame the entire force.
Jayaraj had been previously suspended after he was accused of misbehaving with a woman on a train in a drunken stupor. He was allowed to join duty after a warning. He was appointed as the inspector general of crime branch in the north range by the Left Democratic Front government.
He was lobbying in the chief minister’s office for a posting with the law and order wing.
The police have filed a case against Santosh for drunken driving and Jayaraj for inducing the driver to drink.