CM takes IPS Officers to task for writing letter to Chief Secretary

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

Sharma, an ADGP-rank officer, is the president of the IPS Officers Association in Karnataka. "The government is maintaining a cordial relationship with IPS officers", he said.

Most members of the IPS have already distanced themselves from the letter stating that it was Mr. Sharma's personal view, and they differed from it. Mr. Sharma, last Thursday, shot off a letter to Ms. Prabha stating that the attack on the Lokayukta and on IAS officers in the recent past were lapses by the police. "The fact the Mr. Sharma has written to the Chief Secretary is evidence of maladministration".

On whether Reddy will broach Sharma on the issue, to resolve any crisis within the department, he said: "The letter has been addressed to the chief secretary and she will take a call on the matter". Sharma has misused the letterhead of the association. The letter dated March 8 written by Singh also appears to strengthen the notion about political interference in handling of recent Nalapad attack case. "From the attack, it is apparent that there is something missing in the functioning of the police force and as the managerial service (IPS), we can not remain disassociated with such happenings".

Such hard-hitting remarks from a serving officer has hit the government hard, especially in the backdrop of recent incidents, including the attack on the Lokayukta, assault on a youth by a Congress MLA's son and a Congress leader threatening to set fire to a BBMP office.With elections scheduled to be held early May, the opposition was quick to latch on to the issue to target the government.

The IPS in Karnataka has had a strong tradition, but is now a pale shadow of the past, rued the officer stating, "There is a perception that IPS no longer commands the same stature". ".Even the senior public servants like Lokayukta, senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers and various common people are victim of these attacks in the environment which could be presumed very safe in the normal circumstances", the letter said. During the last four and half years, six officers were posted to the post of Bengaluru commissioner. In several cases, police are being punished for discharging their duties. "The senior police officer himself has mentioned about political interference in the department and talking about deteriorating law and order situation", he added. Not citing specific instances, Sharma asserted that "flow of investigation" was changed at the political behest. "The specialised agencies, headed by senior Indian Police Service Officers, have also become redundant on account of such interference". "There is no respect for honest officers while there is protection to the corrupt people", he said.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders have demanded that the chief secretary should convene the meeting as sought by the police officers.

It is said IPS officers association secretary and now deputy director general for Aadhaar, Pronob Mohanty pleaded ignorance with regard to the letter with the CM and said it was not a decision from the association.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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