Salient features of his personality:-
An officer transferred on his own consent
Has an image larger than life in Kerala.
Reputation for toughness
Had been on loggerheads with his fellow batch-mates and junior officers
According to me, its Rishiraj Singh, 1985 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre currently posted as DG, Prison in Kerala is the most daring IPS officer in India.
In the above photograph, the officer remained seated on his seat and didn’t saluted then Home Minister of Kerala Mr. Ramesh Chennithala which ultimately resulted in getting him transferred.
As Transport Commissioner
Rarely, IPS officers hold this postion as it is held by IAS officers in most of the states in India but Rishiraj Singh was appointed as Transport Commissioner of Kerala by the government. He had put road safety on top on the agenda, given Kerala’s high accident rate. Although speed control devices have been mandatory for all heavy vehicles registered in Kerala for a decade, it was Singh who got his department to ensure that all passenger buses, known as killers, installed those devices. He ignored protests from political leaders, some of whom have links with transport operators. Singh stressed compulsory helmets for two-wheeler riders and seat belts for front seat occupants in cars. He launched a sting operation on highway police, then notorious for taking bribes from motorists. Wearing a lungi, he would travel in a truck as a crew member. Policemen who could not recognize him and took a bribe would be caught red-handed.
He had wanted to make seat belts mandatory after Union minister Gopinath Munde died in a car accident while sitting in the rear without a belt. Singh’s idea is said to have upset Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishan.
As Chief Vigilance Officer of Kerala State Electricity Board
After getting transferred as Transport Commissioner, he was sent to KSEB at the same position which he held a decade earlier, then in the rank of an IG. Singh has upset several powerful businessmen and politicians with surprise raids against power theft. Kerala State Electricity Board vigilance squads have imposed fines of Rs 35 crore on business houses, politicians and others. In 2004, too, Singh had led squads to business units and the homes of influential persons to detect power theft.
Deputation in CBI
In 2012, after the CBI submitted a chargesheet in the Adarsh scam, Singh, then joint director of CBI in Mumbai, was shifted to the economic offences wing. He worked briefly in the anti-corruption unit in Bhopal before returning to Kerala in 2013. Singh had an eventful deputation in the CBI’s western range in Mumbai before returning to Kerala in 2013. In the CBI, he supervised the probe into the Adarsh housing scam and unearthed a recruitment racket in National Defence Academy and graft in Canteen Store Department in Mumbai.
Although Singh is known as a disciplinarian, he had faced flak from the State Police Complaints Authority for his failure to give an explanation in connection with a complaint against him. Welgates Videos had complained against Singh following a raid at its library during the drive against piracy. Despite several reminders, Singh did not turn up at the authority to give an explanation.
Controversy he has been in:
“There are sections in law to jail a man for annoyingly staring at a woman for 14 seconds. Please use it, if it is the case.”
“Slap the stalker first before going to police”