Who will be Kerala Police’s new chief? Here’s how things stand
With just two weeks left for a new Kerala Police chief to take over and the name yet to be decided, things appeared to have turned murky after a complaint against one of the front runners to the coveted post proved to be fake.
Incumbent state police chief (SPC) Loknath Behera is to superannuate on June 30 and before that his successor has to be named. This has to be done by the Pinarayi Vijayan government from a three-member list which has to come from the UPSC.
According to sources, ranked first in the list is Arun Kumar Sinha, presently heading the SPG in Delhi. Other names doing the rounds are of Tomin J. Thachenkery, who is posted in the Kerala State Human Rights Commission and then Sudheesh Kumar, the head of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, here.
Sinha is most unlikely to return to Kerala and hence Thachenkery, who is regarded as the close confidant of Vijayan, was all set to get the post, but then a complaint against him by a Kochi resident to the UPSC has set the cat among the pigeons.
However, a probe by the authorities has found the complaint to be fake and the complainant is understood to have died five years ago.
Irked by this, Thachenkery has now approached the higher-ups to probe the false complaint and urged them to take appropriate action as he feels that ‘this was the handiwork of his detractors in the force, who are against him and are trying everything to prevent him from occupying the prized post’.