A recent order issued by former Kerala DGP Loknath Behera regarding the common colour coding of police buildings has snowballed into a major controversy, hinting at the factional feud among the state's top cops.

Behera had issued the order to paint all police buildings brown just before TP Senkumar returned as state police chief. The order issued on April 28 also mentions a specific brand to be used for the colour coding, in order to help public identify police stations easily. The order was then implemented at several police stations, including the Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam Central stations.

However, Senkumar, after taking charge on Saturday, rescinded some of the orders issued by his predecessor, and also announced a probe into Behera's order that all police buildings be painted with the product of a particular company.

Meanwhile, Behera, in his explanation to the additional chief secretary, said that he cited the brand's name to identify the exact shade of brown. The IPS officer insisted that the order never mandates the use a particular brand.