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Surachate Hakparn Threatens Legal Action Against PM Srettha Thavisin Over Controversial Police Dismissal

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Deputy police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, affectionately known to many as “Big Joke,” did not mince words this Monday when he threatened to file a malfeasance complaint against Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. The crux of the matter? An order that temporarily dismisses him from the police force—a move that he deeply believes to be illegitimate.

Surachate has already set the wheels in motion by appealing to the Police Virtue Protection Committee and petitioning the premier, in his role as chairman of the Police Commission, to have this contentious order reviewed. If Srettha fails to act, Surachate plans to lodge a formal complaint, charging the prime minister with neglecting his duties.

Not just a lone questor, Surachate enjoys some heavyweight backing: the Council of State, an advisory body to the government on legal matters, has also declared the dismissal order illegitimate. Earlier information hints that a crucial meeting of the Police Commission is slated for this Wednesday to dissect whether the temporary dismissal of Surachate breached any laws. Prime Minister Srettha himself is expected to play a pivotal role in this assembly.

Tracing back to April, the origin of this high-stakes drama lies in an order signed by deputy national police chief Kitrat Phanphet. As acting police chief, Kitrat orchestrated the transfer of both Surachate and Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol to the Prime Minister’s Office on March 20. This maneuver was part of a strategy to tame a bubbling cauldron of discord within the police force.

Surachate remarked that whether he regains his spot in the police hierarchy depends on the Police Virtue Protection Committee, often hailed as the police force’s ‘Administrative Court.’ In a bold move, he criticized Prime Minister Srettha for not displaying the leadership needed to quell the ongoing police woes. According to Surachate, it’s high time for the PM to harness his authority and patch things up, stating that inaction could be disastrous for public trust in the police.

But it doesn’t end there. The media has reported that Srettha harbors hopes for a reconciliation between Surachate and Torsak, aiming for them to collaborate effectively for public benefit. In response, Surachate made it clear that if Torsak doesn’t revoke the dismissal order, a malfeasance complaint against him would follow next week. And yes, Surachate is also eyeing another complaint against Kitrat with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), citing procedural lapses during Kitrat’s tenure as acting police chief.

Meanwhile, Kitrat struck a composed yet firm tone this Monday, stating that Surachate’s appeal is still under the scanner of the Police Virtue Protection Committee. He emphasized that the order had been scrutinized but evaded comments on the Council of State’s stance. According to Kitrat, everyone, including Surachate, retains the right to challenge perceived unfair treatment. Interestingly, he laughed off rumors suggesting that he might inherit the mantle from Torsak, who is set for mandatory retirement by September’s end.


  1. JohnSmith June 24, 2024

    This whole situation sounds like a power struggle rather than a legitimate concern for police integrity.

    • Wendy L June 24, 2024

      I disagree. If Surachate feels his dismissal was unlawful, he has every right to challenge it.

      • Frank29 June 24, 2024

        True, but filing a complaint against the PM feels like overkill. Handle it internally first.

  2. Srinav June 24, 2024

    Anyone who’s truly concerned about public trust should support transparency and accountability, even if it means challenging the PM.

    • GreenEggs June 24, 2024

      Absolutely! Democracy thrives on checks and balances. No one should be above the law.

  3. Meera June 24, 2024

    This sounds more like a soap opera than real governance. Can’t they just work things out without all the drama?

    • QuantumLee June 24, 2024

      The stakes are high, Meera. We’re talking about the integrity of the entire police force here.

      • Meera June 24, 2024

        I get that, but surely there’s a more professional way to handle this?

  4. KrishnaPatel June 24, 2024

    Surachate’s move to involve the Police Virtue Protection Committee and the NACC seems calculated but necessary.

    • DavisQ June 24, 2024

      It’s necessary because he was unfairly treated, but it also shows how fractured the system is.

      • KrishnaPatel June 24, 2024

        Exactly. If the system were functioning properly, this wouldn’t have blown up into such a big deal.

  5. SarahKo June 24, 2024

    I wonder if this drama will impact the general public’s view of the police. It seems like trust is on thin ice.

    • AngryBoat June 24, 2024

      If anything, it’ll show the public that corruption isn’t tolerated, even at high levels.

  6. Elena June 24, 2024

    The public likely already has a poor view of the police. This just reinforces their suspicions.

  7. DeepDiver June 25, 2024

    Corruption is rampant in many police forces around the world. Thailand is no exception.

  8. JoeBoxer June 25, 2024

    Big Joke? More like Big Ego. Sounds like a personal vendetta against the PM.

  9. AveryM June 25, 2024

    This kind of political maneuvering is unhealthy. It erodes public trust and makes the police look unstable.

    • TechieLiz June 25, 2024

      True, but it’s also important for checks and balances to be in place, even if it causes some instability in the short term.

  10. FlyHigh June 25, 2024

    I’m surprised the Council of State got involved. Their backing makes this a serious issue.

    • Sammy92 June 25, 2024

      When the legal advisory body finds the dismissal illegitimate, it’s pretty clear there’s a big problem.

      • FlyHigh June 25, 2024

        Exactly. This isn’t just a personal vendetta. There are legal grounds for Surachate’s actions.

  11. SophieC June 25, 2024

    Is no one going to mention how Torsak and Kitrat are handling all of this? They seem way too relaxed about it.

  12. Ravi June 25, 2024

    I think Kitrat’s composed tone is just a front. You can’t be that relaxed when there’s so much at stake.

  13. JournalistPeter June 25, 2024

    As a journalist, I’ve seen these power struggles play out many times. Big Joke’s public challenge to the PM is audacious and risky.

    • CuriousCat June 25, 2024

      Audacious indeed. But sometimes, bold moves are necessary to bring about change.

  14. HappyHiker June 25, 2024

    This isn’t just about Surachate. The entire police system’s credibility is on the line.

  15. VickyL June 25, 2024

    Srettha should have acted faster. His inaction is partly to blame for this escalation.

  16. GamerGuy June 25, 2024

    I’m not sure what’s more impressive, the drama in the police force or how everyone is pretending this isn’t a huge deal.

  17. SunshineGirl June 25, 2024

    It’s disappointing that it has come to this. We need leaders who lead, not just manage crises.

    • WiseOwl June 25, 2024

      Leadership isn’t just about making the right calls; it’s about making them promptly.

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