Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul has ordered the Special Branch Bureau commissioner to investigate a police officer under his command after he appeared in a video clip handing out Ang Pao to a queue of 60 police officers at a house on the Chinese New Year.
In his order yesterday to Special Branch Bureau commissioner, he instructed that the investigators find out whether Pol Sub Lt Manas Termtanasak, a deputy inspector attached to subdivision 4 of the bureau, behaved inappropriately after he was seen in the clip handing out Ang Pao (red envelops containing cash) to 60 policemen at the house of an influential tycoon.
Pol Gen Srivara said the investigation must be finished in one week.
Moreover he ordered the Special Branch Bureau commissioner to recall the officer from his current duty providing escort to Pol Gen Phaisarl Chuarod back to his original office at the bureau after he was found to abandon his duty for a long time.
Pol Gen Phaisarl was senior advisor at the Royal Thai Police.
According to report to the deputy commissioner, the officer made 96 trips out of the country between February 26, 2016 and February 13 this year. All trips were made without seeking prior permission from his superior.
Following the order by Pol Gen Srivara, Pol Maj Gen Noppadol Sornsamran, commander of the special branch bureau's subdivision 1 has ordered Pol Sub Lt Manas to report to him on Monday.
A fact finding committee was also appointed to investigate.
Earlier report said the officer handed out Ang Pao on behalf of an influential business tycoon well-known in Thonburi area of Bangkok.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)