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Kerala IPS officer alleges harassment by colleague

Sreelekha alleges Thachankary had been “hounding” her from their IPS training days in 1987

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a bizarre case, a senior woman officer of the Indian Police Service has alleged harassment against a male colleague and posted her grievance on social media.

R. Sreelekha, an additional director general of police in the state crimes division, has alleged harassment by her colleague in the police services, transport commissioner Tomin Thachankary, alleging that he has been “hounding” her for the past 29 years and that she now needs relief from the harassment.

Sreelekha’s public grievance against Thachankary comes in the backdrop of a directive by a vigilance court to file a case against her. She believes that Thachankary was behind the move, arguing that he knew the vigilance court would pass such a directive when given a petition.

The vigilance court in Thrissur has directed that a case be registered against Sreelekha in connection with tax avoidance by some school-buses during the time she was transport commissioner.

Sreelekha alleges Thachankary had been “hounding” her from their IPS training days in 1987, and that he had “hatched a conspiracy” against her in connivance with the petitioners of the case against her. She also alleged it was Thachankary who was responsible for the petitioner in the case getting a confidential report given by a deputy superintendent of police against her, following a vigilance court directive.

Thachankary refuted the allegations, terming them “childish”, and adding that everyone in the police force knew “who was hounding whom”.

The allegations between two senior IPS officers in Kerala follow similar verbal scuffles and resentment between senior Indian Administrative Officers. The rising resentment in the ranks of civil services officers has added to the troubles of the Oommen Chandy government which is into the last few months of its five-year term.

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