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Thiruvananthapuram: The government and the police association have been put on the defensive after allegations arose regarding illegal promotion in the police department. Allegations arose that 15 police officers were promoted illegally without conducting proper examinations or training.
The promotion given to police association general secretary C R Biju and some other officers as sub inspectors led to the controversy. Normally, the civil police officers need to complete head constable test or three months of training for getting promotion. However, these officers were promoted without following this rule, it is alleged.
A police officer of the same batch had approached the Kerala Administrative Tribunal pointing out the malpractice. Following this, the tribunal asked to produce the documents and details of the promotion. As the government failed to produce the same, the tribunal stayed the promotion of the 15 officers, including C R Biju.
When the Tribunal’s order staying the procedures of promotion was issued on March 31, the government issued an order, sending the officials who were illegally promoted, to training on the same day. This was done in order to avoid a controversy.
There are allegations that this was a backdoor placement and that C R Biju has close contact with the government. Many messages and trolls ridiculing C R Biju were circulated through social media platforms pointing out that his promotion was a return gift for defending the government in gold smuggling and other cases.