Jharkhand Police begin probe against cop who 'washed' Lalu's feet
Jharkhand Police today admitted to launching a probe against the Ramgarh sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) for reportedly washing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's feet.Updated: Dec 19, 2013 19:17 IST
Jharkhand Police on Thursday admitted to launching a probe against the Ramgarh sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) for reportedly washing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's feet.
Director general of police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar ordered an inquiry into the incident a day ago.
“The DGP has asked me to submit a report,” Ramgarh superintendent of police (SP) Ranjit Kumar Prasad said on Thursday.
SDPO Ashok Kumar, a deputy SP-rank officer who reportedly washed Lalu's feet outside a temple, has been asked to submit his argument.
After spending more than two months in prison following his conviction in a fodder scam case, Lalu got bail from the Supreme Court on Friday. He walked out of Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi on Monday and travelled to neighbouring Bihar by road.
On the way to Patna, Lalu on Tuesday made a stopover at Rajrappa Temple, a shrine in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district.
Ashok, deputed at the site for Lalu's security, was caught on camera washing the former Bihar chief minister's feet before he entered the temple. What's more, a junior police official was apparently seen holding Lalu's slippers.
“I have directed the Ramgarh SP to submit a report. Action will be taken against the two police officials based on the report,” the Jharkhand DGP said after a controversy erupted.
Ashok said Lalu and his father were friends and helping an elderly person at a religious place was a noble gesture.
“We have family relations. I was washing my feet when Laluji reached there and asked for water. I gave him water,” he added.
Ramgarh deputy commissioner SK Singh has preferred to stay away from the controversy, saying, “I have no information about the incident. It is a matter of the police department.”
First Published: Dec 19, 2013 19:15 IST