BANGALORE: Home Minister K J George on Tuesday said the resignation letter submitted by ADGP Dr P Ravindranath has been forwarded to the Union government.
George said that he was not aware about the outcome of the meeting between Ravindranath and PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa.
“Even I had personally spoken to Ravindranath requesting him to reconsider his resignation. But the next day, he met the Chief Secretary requesting him to speed up the process on his resignation.”
“As far as the case against Ravindranath, the government will take action only based on the CID report. We have a system in place wherein Home Minister or Chief Minister come into picture only after the matter is passed through state DGP, Home Secretary and Chief Secretary. There is no question of interfering into the working of Police Department,’’ he said adding that Ravindranath has 90 days of time to reconsider his resignation as per service rules.
He said Governor H R Bhardwaj did not pull up the government in the ADGP case.
“He expressed concern over the development. Posting Ravindranath to Research and Restructuring Division in Dharwad is not a punishment transfer. The Governor, in fact, hailed the Police Department. The discipline in the department expects Ravindranath to report to work and seek any facility, if required. I am hopeful that he would take charge soon,” George said.
Speaking on the sidelines of an interaction programme organised at FKCCI later in the day, he also indicated that disciplinary action may be taken against Ravindranath for his behaviour over the last few days, soon after he was picked up by the Highgrounds police for clicking ‘obscene pictures’ of two women in a cafe.
He, however, said that the DG&IGP would look into the matter.
“The DGP will initiate an enquiry into the matter and look at Ravindranath’s behaviour over the last few days and assess whether disciplinary action can be taken against him. The report can then be sent to the Directorate of Personnel and Administrative Reforms which will take action,” he said.
Meanwhile, ADGP Ravindranath, on Tuesday evening, along with CID officials went to Police Commissioner’s office in connection with the atrocity case. The CID officials enquired with the Commissioner and other officials about what happened on the day.
Following this, Ravindranath went to the DGP’s office and tried to meet intelligence officers. However, he was not allowed to do so.