Kochi: In a shocking revelation, at least 533 officials in Kerala Police have criminal cases lodged against them.

The officials from civil police officer to IGP are among those who are in the list, according to information collected from the police headquarters by advocate D B Binu, General Secretary of Human Rights Defence Forum, under the Right to Information Act.

The details of the police officers involved in criminal cases were submitted by DGP Jacob Punnoose in a sealed cover to the High Court on August 8, 2011. The contents were not disclosed so far.

Binu said he had also sought details of the list of criminal police officers submitted by former ADGP Sibi Mathews to the government. But that plea was declined.

Cases against the police officers range from Murder to Rape. The officials, including women police personnel, have 29 vigilances against them, 36 CBI cases, and 7 cases relating to excise and forest department.

Among the who's who in the list are IGP Tomin J Thachankery, who was suspended from service after he undertook a foreign trip to the Gulf without seeking permission of the previous Left Democratic Front government, Assistant Commissioner, K Radhakrishnan, who fired in the air to quell a mob of violent SFI activists in Kozhikode and D Madhu, who has connections with the sand mafia and two Assistant Commissioners--- E K Sabu and T K Haridas.

Maximum cases against police officials have been registered in Thiruvananthapuram 118, followed by Ernakulam district with 62 cases. The least number of cases have been registered from Wyanad-12.

The DGP had filed the details in the high court on a direction from the division bench comprising justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and justice C T Ravikumar.

This is the first time such a list has been prepared by the police department.

(Agencies)

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