Bengaluru: Official lets IPS officer inside Cubbon Park for walk; suspended | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Entry to Cubbon Park has been banned after the lockdown was announced.
BENGALURU: A deputy director of the horticulture department has landed in trouble after she was forced to open gates of Cubbon Park in Bengaluru city for an IPS officer of the rank of the deputy inspector of general (DIG) for his morning walk.
Kusuma, deputy director at the horticulture department and in-charge of Cubbon Park, was suspended on Saturday.
Entry to Cubbon Park has been banned after the lockdown was announced. However, the officer working with the city police asked Kusuma to let him in.
Sources claimed Kusuma was made a scapegoat in the entire episode, while the IPS officer has gone scotfree despite showing high-handedness. While the government suspended Kusuma, it has not even issued a notice to the IPS officer who violated the lockdown guidelines. The suspension order merely refers to Kusuma’s opening of Cubbon Park to a police officer as the reason for suspension.
Kusuma was attending office as there were crucial works pending with regard to the park. A police inspector put pressure on her to open the gates next to the high court. Her only fault was that she did not report it to the department’s director and obliged the police officer, sources said.
The incident came to light when an IAS officer, who is posted as secretary, during his routine inspection saw a group of people sitting inside the park without wearing masks and the gate from Century Club was open.