Days after a senior woman IPS officer in Kerala accused a colleague of harassing her for nearly three decades, the latter is now planning to file a defamation complaint against her.
Additional Director General of Police R Sreelekha in a Facebook post on Saturday lashed out against Transport Commissioner Tomin J Thachankary, also an IPS officer, alleging that he had been harassing her for the last 29 years, ever since the civil service training period. Sreelekha has also accused Tomin of being behind a vigilance probe against her.
The Commissioner, who has denied the allegations, told The News Minute that he sought permission from the State Chief Secretary on Monday to file a defamation complaint against Sreelekha IPS.
Tomin also alleged that Sreelekha has lost her mental stability.
Sreelekha, a decorated officer and the first IPS woman officer from Kerala, alleged that Thachankary has been "haunting" her "since the IPS training period in 1987", and that he was instrumental in the slapping of a recent Vigilance probe against her in connection with a vehicle tax evasion case.
When contacted, 55-year-old Sreelekha, a 1987-batch IPS officer, said she had aired her views in her personal page in facebook and she stands by it.
"I have not stated anything against the government, court or police department. I stand by whatever has been stated by me in the post," she said.
Now heading the State Crime Records Bureau, Sreelekha referred to a Vigilance court's recent order directing a probe against her in a case pertaining to alleged loss caused to the government in the matter of sanctioning school bus permit to private buses during her tenure as a transport commissioner.
She also alleged that the officer had conspired with the complainant to file the petition allegedly to deny her promotions and positions.
"Thachankary conspired with the complainant to implicate me," Sreelekha wrote. The officer said she has "become ill" following this "mental harassment from Thachankery".
Sreelekha said she had brought the matter to the notice of DGP and has sought an inquiry into the alleged conspiracy by Thachankary against her.
On his part, Thachankary, also a 1987-batch IPS officer, refuted the allegations and said he would take up the matter with higher ups. "Everyone in the department knows who has been haunting whom over the years. I will bring her Facebook post to the notice of higher-ups," he said.
With PTI Inputs