BANGALORE: Continuing the drama, ADGP P Ravindranath, along with his family, met DG & IGP Lalrokhuma Pachuau on Thursday to officially withdraw his resignation which he had submitted on May 27. He also requested Pachuau to halt his transfer to Dharwad so that he can stay in Bangalore.
Ravindranath told reporters that he was posted as the head of KSRP just six months ago and that it would be difficult if he is posted in Dharwad. “I have withdrawn my resignation after I was convinced by my family and have also decided to face the investigation while serving in the department. It is important for me to stay here in view of my daughter’s education. Further, I have to face the CID every time I am required to answer their queries,” he said.
When asked why he resigned in the first place, Ravindranath said he did not want to occupy a post that could lead to conflict of interest during the ongoing probe. “My wife convinced me and provided moral support to face the probe. I conveyed this to the DG&IGP and he has responded positively saying he would discuss it with the Chief Minister.”
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee told Express that he has requested the Union government to put ‘on hold’ Ravindranath’s resignation.
He said Ravindranath’s resignation was forwarded to the Centre last Monday after the IPS officer applied pressure on the state government to do it. Now, as he wants to withdraw his resignation, his decision had been conveyed to the Union Home ministry.
“A fresh letter from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) portfolio, will be sent asking the ministry not to process Ravindranath’s resignation,” he said.
Auradkar Questioned on Thursday Too
Ravindranath and city police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar appeared before CID in the connection with an atrocity case filed against the latter, and recorded their statements. The CID police also questioned Ravindranath till 5.30 pm for allegedly taking objectionable photos of a woman in a coffee shop on Cunningham Road on May 26.