Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday hit out at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for not appointing a full time chief of the Vigilance Department, alleging this omission was intended to scuttle a few cases before it.

"Pinarayi is playing a tactical game by not appointing a permanent head of the Vigilance, as he wish to 'roll up' a few vigilance cases. I had written a letter against grabbing of land by Transport Minister Thomas Chandy to Vigilance but nothing has happened on it," Chennithala told media here.

Director General of Police Jacob Thomas, perceived to be a CM's favourite, was posted as the head of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in May last year soon after the new Left Democratic Front government came to power. He was, in a surprise move, asked to go on leave in April this year. The post was handed over as additional charge to state police chief Loknath Behra, who still has it.

Chennithala also disproved of Vigilance's move to give a clean chit to former Industries Minister and the number two in the cabinet, E P Jayarajan, who had to quit after charges of nepotism surfaced against him for appointing close relatives to key posts in the state public sector enterprises.

"The act done by the Vigilance to exonerate Jayarajan, will backfire as there is a clear case of nepotism against him This is one reason why Pinarayi is not keeping a full time Vigilance head, as he wishes a few cases to be written off," he added.

PTI