THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With three camp followers in the police department confirming that armed police deputy commandant P V Raju had misused them for his household works, the state government has rejected a plea of Mr. Raju not to initiate further action against him.
Camp followers Srinath, Prathapachandran and Mahil Kumar had given formal statements that Raju, who was former deputy commandant at Special Armed Police here, had made them do works like concreting and cleaning at his house and they were not paid any remuneration for it.
Such acts were unbecoming of a senior officer and prima facie it amounted to official misconduct. Hence the plea of Raju not to initiate action was rejected and a formal oral enquiry is being initiated against him, Home Department sources said.
However, despite the serious charges, Raju was not placed under suspension, but was only transferred from Special Armed Police commandant post to Kerala Armed Police - I camp in Thrissur, allegedly owing to his strong political influences.A preliminary enquiry against Raju had earlier found a series of irregularities including insubordination and misbehaviour towards camp followers. Even then Raju was not placed under suspension.