THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid the shadow war between the government and state police chief T P Senkumar, a fresh controversy sparked off on Tuesday with the latter deciding to post Ernakulam Range IG P Vijayan as the nodal officer of the Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme without the knowledge of the government.
Earlier, Vijayan was the nodal officer of the programme. Sources in the police headquarters said it was just an internal restructuring as Vijayan was leading the programme in the official capacity of a nodal officer. Vijayan was removed from the SPC when Loknath Behera was the state police chief. Behera had formed a committee in which Vijayan was included as a member.
The committee was led by the then ADGP (Crimes) S Ananthakrishnan. When Ananthakrishnan was transferred as Transport Commissioner, ADGP (South zone) B Sandhya took charge. However, Vijayan has been overseeing the programme. The reports on appointing Vijayan came late on Tuesday stating he was posted without the knowledge of the government and Vijayan was facing a vigilance inquiry.
Sources said an order was issued by the DGP posting Vijayan as the SPC chief and it was to boost the SPC programme. When Express contacted Senkumar, he said he was yet to look into the files pertaining to the appointment of Vijayan. According to Vijayan, the government order appointing him as the nodal officer was issued much earlier.