Big Joke withdraws PM Srettha acting illegally complaint

Photo by Atiwat Tojan via Facebook/ Easy News

The former Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, accused Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of malfeasance and interfering in the RTP before withdrawing the complaint a day later.

Big Joke and the RTP Commander Torsak “Big Tor” Sukvimol were transferred to work at the Office of The Prime Minister in March over some alleged internal conflict and involvement in an online gambling operation.

The transfer was intended to ensure transparency in the investigation. However, the two were soon reassigned to their former positions.

Unexpectedly, PM Srettha approved Big Joke’s dismissal from the RTP on April 18, prompting the former police chief to come forward to respond to the PM’s decision.

Big Joke, on Monday, April 22, visited the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to request an investigation on PM Srettha. He accused the prime minister of interfering in the appointment of the RTP commander and dismissing him without a thorough investigation.

“This dismissal is an attempt to prevent me from becoming the RTP commander. Everything would be fine if I were just the sixth candidate but I am not. I am number 1.”

BBC reported Big Joke as the top candidate for the new RTP commander position in September due to his seniority.

Change of mind

Big Joke claimed that he underwent an unjust investigation for six months and was unfairly dismissed from the RTP. He stood up for his rights and remained confident about reclaiming his former position.

In addition to lodging a complaint against the PM, Big Joke accused the police team investigating his case of unlawful conduct, insisting that all cases involving government officials should be investigated by the NACC.

However, Big Joke unexpectedly retracted his complaint against PM Srettha on April 23, merely one day after lodging it.

The secretary of the NACC, Niwatchai Kasemmongkhon, revealed to Channel 7 that Big Joke sent a representative to withdraw the complaint against the PM stating he no longer suspected the PM. However, he still wanted a further investigation into the police team who are working on his case.

According to Niwatchai, the NACC would continue to investigate the PM because the former RTP commander and the Thai Liberal Party (TLP) leader, Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, previously filed a similar complaint against the PM.

Politics NewsThailand News

Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

Related Articles