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Updated: 04-12-2018 19:46 IST

Congress continues its attack on CM over DGP's appointment

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 4 (PTI): The Congress in Kerala

continued its attack on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the

appointment of Loknath Behara as state police chief, demanding

Tuesday that he explain the pressing hurry to appoint him to

the post, disregarding the seniority of four IPS officers.

The Chief Minister should make it clear why a man removed

from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was appointed to

the post, Kerala PCC President Mullapally Ramachandran told

reporters here.

"Why was Behera appointed in a hurry? What was the

pressing hurry for appointing him, disregarding the seniority

of four IPS officers? Should not the official's credentials

have been enquired into?", Ramachandran, a former minister of

state for Home, asked.

Ramachandran had Saturday alleged that Behara was

appointed state DGP at the behest of Modi after he, as senior

NIA officer, gave him and BJP president Amit Shah a "clean

chit" in the Gujarat riots and the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake

encounter cases.

Ramachandran said he stood firm with the allegations he

had levelled against Behera.

"I had made my views absolutely clear from the beginning.

Immediately after his appointment, I made my stand clear. What

more do you want?"

Vijayan Monday said he was not a person to dance to the

"whims and fancies" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hit

out at the state Congress chief, who had alleged that Behera

was made Kerala police chief by the Left government at Modi's


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