RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh’s controversial IPS officer S R P Kalluri’s social media post “Three Idiots clean bowled” has again won him the wrath of the state’s director-general of police A N Upadhyay.
This time, the former inspector-general of police of the Bastar range has been served two show-cause notices, one to explain, within three days, his social media post and two to explain, also within three days, his presence at a private function in Jagdalpur without taking the permission of his senior officers.
In a separate letter, Kalluri has been asked not to leave the state Police Headquarters here, without the permission of the DGP.
Kalluri, known for his tough tactics against the Maoists in Bastar, fell foul of the state police top brass and was transferred and posted back to state Police HQ. The two show cause notices and the letter were issued to the officer late Saturday evening.
The 1994 batch IPS officer' made the “three idiots” comment on social media immediately after the transfer of two IPS officers from Bastar range last Friday. He also uploaded his own image along with Indira Kalyan Elesela (the SP of Sukma SP, who too was shifted to state PHQ) and R N Dash (SP of Bastar, who was transferred to Baloda Bazar). All three sported sunglasses in the picture.
The post has apparently offended the higher-ups and some senior officials in the state Secretariat and PHQ interpreted the Kalluri’s comment as “deriding” the government.
In his show cause notice, DGP Upadhyay asked Kalluri to explain why he violated the state government’s instructions on social media postings by police officers. “So why disciplinary action shouldn’t be initiated against you?” the notice stated.
The other show-cause notice served on Kalluri questioned his participation as chief guest in a function organised by a private motor company at Jagdalpur in Bastar. Notably, Bastar SP R N Dash and Sukma SP Indira Kalyan Elesela were also present at the same programme on March 2.
It was at this function that Elesela reportedly made a controversial statement that human rights activists should be crushed on the roads by heavy vehicles. Following this, in fact the very next day, the state government transferred Elesela along with R N Dash.
“As per the General Administration Department (GAD) guidelines, government
officials should not be a part of such private programmes. Your presence there was a violation of these instructions,” the notice said.