DGP: Criminals Frequently Kerala Minister's Office

India on 04 October 2013
Location : Kerala, India | Source : Daily Pioneer

Criminals have been frequenting the offices of Kerala’s Chief Minister and other Ministers, according to State DGP KS Balasubramaniam. The DGP’s admission has come at a time when Congress CM Oommen Chandy is consistently claiming that people involved in fraud cases including the infamous solar scam have no connection with Ministers’ offices.

In a letter written to the District Superintendents of Police and the Inspector General in charge of the State Crime Records Bureau on September 7, the DGP said that most of such criminals frequenting the offices of the Ministers in the UDF Government were people involved in economic offences.

One of the reasons why these offenders are getting free access to the offices of Ministers is the absence of a comprehensive data bank on the crimes registered across the State, according to the DGP. Due to this, it is possible for a criminal from one district to engage in offences in another without the police in his district getting information on those offences, the letter says.

This absence of a comprehensive data bank on crimes  is helpful to offenders to overcome problems posed by police verifications for passport, job clearance, etc, the DGP points out. He issued the letter to the District SPs in response to a letter written to him by Additional DGP (Intelligence) TP Senkumar on August 29 on the matter.

Even people against whom there were long-pending warrants could engage in criminal activities in other districts and avoid arrest in own districts in the present situation, said the letter which was sent to the district police chiefs as part of an effort to create a comprehensive data bank which would help the police identify criminals visiting Ministers’ offices.

The DGP himself has admitted that criminals have been frequenting the offices of the CM and other Ministers in the context of the allegations that perpetrators of the solar scam had transformed Chandy’s office into their operational base with the help of his personal aides.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Sunday confirmed that such a letter had indeed been issued by the DGP but he claimed that this was based on an instruction given by Chief Minister Chandy himself. “However, most of the reports coming out in this respect are distorted,” he said.

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