In yet another major reshuffle at top of police force in Kerala, the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala  appointed Rishiraj Singh as Excise Commissioner. Head of State Intelligence Wing A Hemachandran was replaced by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) R Sreelekha.  

 

Rishiraj Singh, known as an upright officer, was one among the three officials, known as 'black cats,' handpicked by former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan to head the Munnar demolition drive in 2007 to free the tourist destination from land sharks and encroachers. A controversial figure, Singh got shifted from one department to another during the former Congress-led government and created headache for the power centres wherever he was posted. 

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ADGP Anilkant will be head the Prisons Department in place of Singh. In the latest reshuffle K Padmakumar IPS is appointed as Chief Vigilance Officer, Kerala State Electricity Board, and Sudeesh Kumar will be the new ADGP for North Zone.   

 

The major reshuffle on Tuesday saw ADGPs and IGs shifted and 13 SPs getting transferred.  Nitin Agarwal has been appointed ADGP of Armed Police Battalion, while S Sreejith will become Ernakulam Range Inspector General (IG).  IG Jayaraj will be the Chief Investigating officer with State Human Rights Commission and IG T J Jose is appointed at the Police Headquarters. 

 

This is the second time that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government is reshuffling the police force after its swearing-in on 25 May. The  government on 30 May effected a rejig in the police force and appointed Loknath Behera as state police chief replacing T P Senkumar. The reshuffle  created a controversy as Senkumar publicly aired his displeasure over the 'unceremonious' removal. 

 

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Sulking over his removal, Senkumar approached the Central Administrative Tribunal pointing out that the government decision violated the Supreme Court orders and norms laid down in the Kerala Police Act. 

 

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