Govt serves charge sheet on Jacob Thomas
Thiruvananthapuram: Pointing out that the statement by IMG Director Jacob Thomas about total breakdown of law and order in state is an offence that does not deserve mercy, the state government served a charge sheet on Jacob Thomas consequent to his suspension in December.
In the charge sheet served by Chief Secretary Paul Antony, the government opined that once the law and order situation breaks down in a state, President’s Rule can be imposed as per Article 365 of the Constitution. Jacob Thomas, through his statement, has suggested that such a situation is prevailing in the state.
This kind of remarks are unsolicited from a senior government official, the charge sheet says.
The charge sheet points to strong action against the former Vigilance Director.
Jacob Thomas made the remarks during a speech at Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on December 9 on the occasion of Anti-Corruption Day. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had directed suspension of the officer under the relevant sections of All India Service Rules as the remarks had shown the state government in poor light.
Jacob Thomas has already been facing disciplinary action over his autobiography "Sravukalkkoppam Neenthumpol" (Swimming Along with Sharks), for not seeking permission from the government for penning the book.
He has been directed to file a response in 15 days. If not, the government will proceed with punitive measures.
He had also accused the government of not "properly handling" the cyclone Ockhi situation, besides rasing several criticisims through social media.