BANGALORE: With the row over a top Karnataka police officer’s alleged act of clicking obscene pictures of a woman at a cafe taking an ugly turn, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday asked Home Minister K J George to put an end to the issue.
On Friday, George is expected to tell Additional Deputy General of Police P Ravindranath, the cop involved in the photo row, to calm down or quit.
After the Monday incident, Ravindranath has been alleging that Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar had hatched a plot to defame him. He went a step further and even accused him on Thursday of practising untouchability, thus embarrassing both the police department and government to no end.
“If Ravindranath continues to cry foul, the government will have no option but to ask him to put in his papers in the proper format so that the state government can send it to Delhi,” a source told Express.
All India service officers in the IAS and IPS are formally appointed under the hand and seal of the President and only he has the power to accept or reject their resignation.
Ravindranath’s earlier resignation, which he had handed over to Director General of Police Lalrokhuma Pachau, explains the circumstances leading to his resignation, and so it is not acceptable, a minister told Express. Siddaramaiah has instructed George to make one last attempt to convince Ravindranath to resume his work.
George confirmed that he had summoned Ravindranath for a discussion on Friday. Though Ravindranath had said that the government had transferred him out prematurely, George had refused to react on that remark. “The government will give him a new posting as another officer has been appointed ADGP,” he said.