R. B. Sreekumar
|Occupation||ex-Indian Police Service Officer|
|Known for||policing during 2002 Gujarat riots|
|Awards||Medal for Meritorious Service (1990), Medal for Distinguished Service (1998)|
R.B. Sreekumar is a former Gujarat State Director-General of Police. He is known for his alleged false implication of Nambi Narayanan (who was a scientist in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre) and his stand on the 2002 Gujarat riots followed by Godhra train burning against the Government of Gujarat.
Sreekumar, a native of Ooruttambalam in Trivandrum District, Kerala, was born on 1947 February 12. He holds a post-graduate degree in history, Gandhian philosophy, law, and literature. A 1971 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Sreekumar joined Gujarat police forces in 1972 and continued till his retirement in 2007 as additional director general of Police. He is the grandson of Indian freedom fighter, nationalist, journalist and writer Balaramapuram G Raman Pillai. He was married to Rajalakshmi. Their only daughter Deepa is a law practitioner. She lives in Gandhinagar.
2002 Gujarat Riots
Sreekumar was Additional Director General of Police of Gujarat during Godhra Incident and was Intelligence DGP during 2002 Gujarat riots. He is known for the affidavits he filed to Nanavati-Mehta Commission and presentation to James Michael Lyngdoh the then Chief Election Commissioner of India alleging dubious role of law and order in the riots. This led to cancellation of original proposal of early election in the state. In one of the affidavits he annexed transcripts of illegal tutoring by bureaucrats to him in clandestine recordings and a semi-official register and of maintained during his tenure as DGP - Intelligence apart from other evidences. Subsequently, he was denied promotion by Gujarat government to the rank of Director General of Police. He took his case to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that gave its ruling in September 2006 in his favour. However, this order was once again reversed by the Gujarat High Court in 2015.
Sreekumar has filed defamation cases against Nambi Narayanan, along with BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Meenakshi Lekhi, for trying to malign his name using false charges in the ISRO spy case. Sreekumar further contended in that petition that he was Addnl Director of Intelligence when Nambi Narayanan was arrested, and had no direct role in the criminal processes against him, which is supported by the CBI report of 2000 under Vajpayee government. And yet, Sreekumar contended, Nambi Narayanan alleged of torture etc. while letting off police officers who were actually named in the 2000 CBI report. The Supreme Court of India on 14 September 2018 has upheld the claims of Dr. Nambi Narayanan and has awarded him the damage of 50 lakh Rupees.
- Medal for Meritorious Service (1990)
- Medal for Distinguished Service (1998)
- Gujarat Behind the Curtain
- The Diary of a Helpless Man
- Gujarat: irakalkku vendi oru porattam (Malayalam)
- "Gujarat riot Muslims 'eliminated'". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC news. 14 April 2005.
- "Policeman accuses Gujarat BJP". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC news. 31 August 2004.
- "Retired Sreekumar promoted as DGP". expressindia.com. Indian express. 2–3 May 2008.
- "Cop Nails Gujarat Lie". Tehelka.com. March 12, 2005.
- "Modi has a snooping habit, I was told to tap Vaghela: Sreekumar". indianexpress.com. Indian Express. 19 November 2013.
- "Text of Sreekumar's defamation case". sabhlokcity.com. 21 November 2013.