Rishiraj Singh, popularly known as the “lion officer” in Kerala, has lost his job as chief vigilance officer, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), after he reportedly trapped a leading businessman in Kerala in a case related to massive electricity theft.
Singh has been now posted as ADGP, Armed Force Battalion. The order about his new posting was released yesterday.
Singh, a 1985 batch IPS officer hailing from Bikaner in Rajasthan, made headlines several times in the past on account of his sincerity and zero tolerance to corruption. He played an instrumental role in reforming the traffic system in Kerala when he was serving as Transport Commissioner a couple of years back. As a result of this, there has been significant reduction in the number of road accidents in the state.
The new development comes immediately after Singh proceeded to arrest a prominent business person for his alleged involvement in power theft, which reportedly happened due to the nexus between KSEB, a group of politicians and the business tycoon.
After reports about Singh’s transfer, many prominent personalities have expressed their solidarity to Singh and shared their concern about the current scenario of law and order prevailing in India.
Says Kochouseph Chittilappilly, a prominent businessman in Kerala, “Corruption, anarchy and illegal nexus between fraudsters and those in political power have reached such alarming levels in our country.. And as a result, honest and dedicated people get victimized.”
Unconfirmed sources say the big shot whom Singh targeted belongs to Muthoot Group, Thiruvanathapuram, a diversified business house with focus in Financial Services, Healthcare, Media, Power Generation, Tourism, Hospitality, and more.
Questions are now raised about the nexus between the ruling UDF in Kerala and the accused in the power theft scam. According to reports, KSEB is to receive around Rs. 3000 crore as unpaid electricity bills, mostly from businessmen and prominent personalities including politicians.
Singh, in a recent public meeting on the topic of “Measures to reduce power consumption and save electricity” organized by The Institution of Engineers India (IEI), said those who steal electricity belong to rich class – those who can afford at least one AC. Poor don’t steal electricity.
During the interaction he added that KSEB officials and government establishments are also involved in this scam.