In a major embarrassment to the Karnataka state police, an official of an Australia-based training centre has warned Abhishek Goyal, a 2005 batch IPS officer, for irresponsible conduct during the program. Following this he was also not awarded the course completion certificate.
The New Indian Express reported that the superintendent rank officer, who was on a mid-career 5-day training programme with the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) from November 29 to December 4, was reprimanded for not following dress code, missing classes and instead taking his family on a tour.
S Raveendran, Deputy Director of the academy wrote to Om Prakash DG&IGP, Karnataka demanding disciplinary action against the officer and has reportedly imposed penalty on the officer whatsoever happens during the inquiry.
Goyal has to refund the expense of Rs. 62,393 within 30 days of receipt of the letter and failing to do so then the academy may not accept any further nominations for the Mid Career Training programme from the Karnataka cadre, reported The Hindu.
In the letter, Raveendran accused Goyal for turning up in casual outfit to which he objected. Having missed the first half of the session Goyal returned in uniform. A show cause notice was issued to him.
The Hindu quoted from the Raveendran’s letter which said : ‘…on the second day of training, Mr. Goyal ‘forcefully brought his family on the bus from Gold Coast in spite of clear instructions that families would not be allowed to travel on the same bus due to insurance related instructions’.
“Mr. Goyal made an irresponsible request to exempt him from the final leg of the programme in Melbourne, but the faculty co-ordinator categorically informed the officer that no exemption shall be granted. In spite of this, he did not attend the last leg programme at Melbourne, missing his flight and staying back in Brisbane,” the letter said.
However, Raveendran, who was unhappy with Goyal’s continuous misconduct said that he “showed gross indiscipline and insubordination, vitiating the training atmosphere bringing disrepute to both the Academy and IPS fraternity.”