A woman IPS officer was subjected to investigation and was slammed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after a team led by her carried out raids at a CPI (M) office in Thiruvananthapuram.

However, Chaitra Teresa John was later cleared after an internal probe found that she did not commit any error, top police sources said.

The investigation also found that the police officer had functioned within the legal framework and existing rules to maintain law and order.

Vijayan on Monday criticised the officer, saying some vested interests had a tendency to “tarnish” the image of those in politics.

His criticism came amid a raging row over the LDF government ordering a departmental probe against the young officer Chaitra Teresa John after she came to the CPI(M)’s district office here on January 24 midnight in search of some accused in a case.

A police team, led by Chaitra, had come tracing some leaders of DYFI, the youth wing of CPI(M), who were reportedly involved in the alleged stone pelting of a police station in the city,following which a probe had been ordered against her, based on the complaint of the party district leaders.

While replying to a submission on the issue in the state assembly, Vijayan said such raids were not usually carried out at the party offices in the state.

Presenting the issue as a submission in the House, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had said the search was legal and any action against the officer would send a wrong message and amounted to demoralising the police force.

(With PTI inputs)