Jacob Thomas had vested interest in Pattoor, bar bribery cases: Former Vigilance legal adviser
Thiruvananthapuram: Former legal adviser to the Vigilance Department G Saseendran has alleged that former Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas had vested interests in Pattoor land deal and bar bribery case.
G Saseendran, who was the Former Additional Director of Prosecutions, alleged that Jacob Thomas pressurised officials.
Cases were registered without procuring necessary information, Saseendran said. Jacob Thomas had removed Saseendran, who had appeared for Vigilance in cases including Pattoor case, was removed by Jacob Thomas alleging that he committed lapses continuously.
Meanwhile, the state government rejected the explanation submitted by DGP Jacob Thomas for his criticism of the government regarding its handling of the Cyclone Ockhi disaster.
The government decided to proceed with disciplinary action against Jacob Thomas as the Chief Secretary rejected the explanation given by Jacob Thomas to the show-cause notice for not taking disciplinary action against him.
The charge sheet submitted by the government says that statement by Jacob Thomas about total breakdown of law and order in state is an offence that does not deserve mercy.
In his reply to the government's charge sheet against him, Jacob Thomas had said that he made the statement on the basis of the international study report that corruption will increase if there is a collapse of law and order.
"I have not criticized the government. The statements made in connection with Ockhi disaster are facts. Even though a warning was issued, the authorities failed in informing the fishermen. I spoke on the basis of facts," Jacob Thomas says.
As proof of his argument, Jacob Thomas points out that the authorities are still not clear about the number of people who died in Cyclone Ockhi.
The media had even reported about the day in which the warning was issued about the impending Cyclone. The government too had admitted the matters I have raised, Jacob Thomas says in the reply.
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.
In the five-page charge sheet submitted by chief secretary Paul Antony for the government, mentions violation of service rules and dereliction of duty. The serious allegations were leveled against Jacob Thomas' statements on Cyclone Ockhi.
Jacob Thomas ignited anti-government feelings among those affected by Cyclone Ockhi. He tried to influence a section of people which could have resulted in law and order issues. He also tried to destroy the friendly atmosphere existing in coastal areas. Such actions are not only a violation of service rules but also calls for the registration of a criminal case as per IPC 153A.
With the government rejecting Jacob Thomas' explanation, a panel comprising top officials will be entrusted to conduct more inquiries on the violation of rules. Jacob Thomas, a 1985-batch IPS officer, is currently the senior most IPS officer in the State. His tenure ends in May 31, 2020.