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Chaithra has not made any serious lapse, says ADGP report

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The investogation report submitted by ADGP Manoj Abraham states that SP Chaithra Theresa John has not committed any serious lapses in the raid for arresting those who attacked a police station in Thiruvananthapuram. Chaithra had submitted a report in the court after conducting the raid this was sufficient.
Meantime, the report also states that the officer could have informed about the raid, atleast to the city police commissioner's office. The report was submitted to DGP Loknath Behra. DGP will take further action on the basis of the direction from government. There is a probability that Chaithra may get a warning for her actions.
Meantime, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has come forward against woman police officer Chaithra Theresa John who had raided Thiruvananthapuram district committee office of CPI(M). “No police officer should try to fly higher than the government. Everyone are obliged to obey the government. She raided CPM district office for fame. Everyone, be it a man or a woman, should accept the law and order”, said Kodiyeri.
Politicians' should be shown adequate respect, but it does not happen all the time, an angry Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on the floor of the House on Monday.

He was responding to widespread criticism against the manner in which a young woman IPS officer was taken to task by his government after she last week searched the CPI-M district office here.

"There has always been an attempt to project politicians in poor light and generally party offices do not come under raids. Politicians should be given adequate respect, but that does not happen all the time," said Vijayan.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Chaitra Teresa John last week searched the district office of Communist Party of India-Marxist here in connection with a stone throwing case at a police station in which youth cadres of the Left party were involved.

She had raided the office on a tip-off that those involved were in the CPI-M district office. However, she could not find anyone there.

Soon after the search operation, Vijayan, who also holds the Home portfolio, summoned John. She was removed from the post of DCP.

This prompted the Congress-led opposition to slam Vijayan for not appreciating the boldness of the young officer and removing her, especially when the Chief Minister was always speaking about gender justice.

Earlier in the day, Additional District General of Police Manoj Abraham, who probed John's action, submitted a report to Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra, giving John a clean chit.

She had followed all the required protocol before conducting such an operation, the report said.

The CPI-M leadership here has been upset with John after she took a strong stand against eight state government employees belonging to a Left union, who have since been in jail for vandalising a State Bank of India branch here on January 9, during a nationwide strike.

The issue though has come to rest as she returned to the post of Superintendent of Police (Women's Cell).

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