RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh’s controversial IPS officer SRP Kalluri has submitted his reply to the two show-cause notices issued to him by the state’s DGP A N Upadhyay, and reportedly clarified that his “funny/witty comments” were given “on a lighter note”. However, the exact contents of the responses couldn’t be known.
According to highly placed sources at the State police headquarters (PHQ), the former Bastar IG has come back with his reply on Thursday.
Upadhyay, who preferred to maintain silence on the issue, is yet to take action on the response given by the IG, who last month was shunted out from Bastar to the PHQ without any charge. Kalluri couldn’t be reached for his reaction.
The officials in the state home department have not ruled out the possibility of some action likely to be taken against the 1994-batch IPS officer whose social media post “Three idiots clean bowled” following the transfers of two IPS officers from Bastar range last Friday has earned the ire of the State government.
The DGP has served Kalluri with showcause notices, one to explain his social media post and the other regarding his participation at a private function in Jagdalpur without taking the permission of his seniors. He was asked to respond within three days.
The state government asked the Bastar administration to collect the video footage of the inaugural function of motor-vehicle showroom attended by Kalluri and the SPs of Sukma and Bastar at Jagdalpur on March 2.
“We tried but couldn’t get footage of the occasion. Only the still images available,” a senior officer in Bastar told TNIE.
The then Sukma SP Indira Kalyan Elesela during the event allegedly said that the human rights activists should be crushed on the roads by heavy vehicles. Elesela was immediately transferred by the government but the decision evoked “ridicule”on social media by ex-Bastar IG Kalluri who also graced the inaugural function as a guest.