THRISSUR: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala ordered an inquiry after video clippings surfaced on Tuesday featuring Kerala Police Academy IG Suresh Raj Purohit’s minor son driving official vehicles of the police on the Academy premises.
In one of the videos, a police officer could be seen occupying the front passenger seat of the vehicle that sported the government’s official insignia.
“A report on the incident will be submitted by ADGP Rajesh Dewan,” said officials in the Home Ministry. The incident was videographed by personnel of the Police Academy.
The circulation of the videos in social media has drawn widespread flak, drawing comparison with the recent incident wherein controversial businessman Mohammed Nisham recorded his underage son driving a Ferrari car.
Nisham was booked under the Juvenile Justice Act and the Motor Vehicle Act.
While reports stated that the Kerala Police Academy officials lodged a complaint with higher authorities in the Police Department, Academy authorities said they did not receive any complaint in this regard.
According to Home Ministry officials, the probe was ordered based on news reports on the matter. When contacted, IG Suresh Raj Purohit told Express that he was outside Kerala and that he had not seen the videos in question.“Let the enquiry progress,” he said.
Speaking to Express, ADGP Rajesh Dewan said he was yet to receive any written communication from the Home Ministry.