CM pulls out; Jacob Thomas cancels autobiography release
Thiruvananthapuram: Former Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas has cancelled the release of his autobiography scheduled for Monday evening after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan pulled out of it.
It was earlier said that the CM would release the book, having controversial revelations, at a function to be held in Press Club Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram.
However, the CM informed that he is pulling out of the function at the last minute. Against this backdrop, Jacob Thomas informed that he is cancelling the function organised to release his autobiography ‘Sravukalkoppam Neenthumbol’ (While Swimming along with Sharks).
“As complaints have been raised, the function cancelled. There won’t be another function to release the book. However, the book will be available in markets and online,” he said.
Earlier, former minister KC Joseph had shot off a letter to the CM requesting him to stay away from the function. Joseph alleged that Jacob Thomas violated the Official Secrets Act.
“Despite being a public servant, Jacob Thomas has not obtained the sanction from the government to write the book. Moreover, the book carries references that tarnish the image of leaders including Oommen Chandy. In this context, it would be inappropriate for the CM to release it,” Joseph said in his letter.
In the book, the officer narrates how he successfully defended the big sharks who was capable of stopping him.
It also says why the government shifted him from key positions in the police department.
He also mentions the support offered by Pinarayi Vijayan for the moves to tackle corruption.