Thiruvananthapuram: DGP Lokanath Behera’s special consideration given to UAE consulate without informing the External Affairs Ministry has come under the scanner. The central government might ask for an explanation from the Chief Secretary if it is found that serious intervention has been made in the case. After this, NIA will determine whether this should be brought under their investigation.
Guidelines mandate that all relations with consulates should be done with the knowledge of the External Affairs Ministry. Providing security to consulates is general instruction. However, External Affairs Ministry should determine to what extent this can take place. Police do not give private security to diplomatic officials. DGP deployed a gunman to UAE consulate following the request from the consulate general. However, External Affairs Ministry clarified that it is not up to the DGP to decide.
The ministry should approve to give security for individuals. And before such permissions are given, there should be an intelligence report that claims that the diplomatic official faces security threats. However, DGP Lokanath Behera appointed the gunman without consulting central government.
State protocol officer should ensure that the central government’s instructions are being followed. However, the central government will ask for an explanation from the Chief Secretary. Since the DGP is someone who is under union service, External Affairs Ministry will give the report to Home ministry.
Central government is investigating the special consideration handed to UAE consulate by a minister at the government level and the DGP at a security level. Central government observed that minister KT Jaleel violated the guidelines through his association with the consulate.
There are 4 consulates in the state. Out of this security was arranged only for UAE consulate representatives. Neither the state government nor the police has lapsed in their association with any of the other consulates.