15 Kerala cops, allegedly including officer who helped govt in smuggling case, illegally promoted
According to a leading online media, allegations arose that nearly 15 Kerala Police officers were illegally promoted without proper written examinations or training. Following the claim, the State government and police association have reportedly come under defensive mode.
The incident that leads to the controversy was the promotion of Police Association General Secretary CR Biju and some other Sub Inspector officers. According to rules, a civil police officer needs to qualify head constable test or three months of training for promotion. However, it is alleged that these officers are promoted by violating this rule.
A police officer of the same batch had informed the Kerala Administrative Tribunal highlighting the violation. On the basis of this, the tribunal asked to produce the details and documents regarding the promotion. When the government failed to produce the documents, the tribunal reportedly stayed the promotion of 15 officers in question.
On March 31, the Tribunal's order halting the promotion procedures was issued, on the same day, the government had asked the police officers who were illegally promoted, to attend training. It is believed that the move aims to restrict any controversy.
Reportedly, there were allegations that the promotion of CR Biju was a return gift for saving the face of government in the sensational Gold Smuggling case.