Thiruvananthapuram: Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) S. Sreejith, who was suspended in February for allegedly colluding with K.A. Rauf, relative of Industries Minister P.K. Kunjalikutty, to foist a corruption case on a police officer, has been reinducted into service.
Considering a plea submitted by Sreejith to revoke the suspension, a panel comprising the police chief and the chief secretary of the state, took a decision in favour of him on Tuesday. The department, however, is yet to take a final decision on his appointment.
The IPS officer, who was serving at the Kerala Police Training Academy in Thrissur, was suspended on the basis of a police report that he should be investigated in detail on the charge of colluding with Rauf to foist a corruption case on the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Malappuram.
The DySP reported to the District Police Chief last year that he possessed credible information that Rauf was attempting to foist a corruption case on him. The DySP reportedly stated that Rauf had turned inimical to him after he arrested the businessman on the charge of cheating some quarry owners in Malappuram.
Subsequently, the Home Department ordered the police to keep a tab on Rauf.
The police had transcripts of the mobile conversations between Rauf and Sreejith over a period of several months.
Home Department sources claimed that the transcripts pointed to other “deals”, including an attempt to own land at Kodagu in Karnataka, and contained derogatory comments about certain higher officials.
Rauf had shot into public attention chiefly because of his televised pronouncements against Kunjalikutty’s alleged role in the controversial ice cream parlour sex scandal case.