Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government is all set to take disciplinary action against DGP Jacob Thomas, who is under suspension at present, for criticizing the state government over its alleged failure to take proper relief measures for people affected by Cyclone Ockhi.
Thomas, who was suspended after a controversial press meet, has been slapped with a memo by the chief secretary.
The government has also reportedly informed the Center that such public criticism against the government by a senior IPS officer would set a wrong precedent. The state government can take action only after the Center's approval.
Even after the former vigilance director was suspended, he continued to lash out at the government through Facebook posts, forcing the government to issue a memo.
Chief secretary Paul Antony had issued a memo to Thomas on January 18, alleging that a press conference conducted by the DGP on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day had brought disgrace to the government. Thomas, in his reply on January 31 defended his statements. Thomas argued that he cannot forget the Anti-Corruption Day even if the government does so and ridiculed the establishment for giving a clean chit to several persons involved in corruption activities.
“The government did not act on time when the first cyclone alert was sounded. There is no official record of how many lives were lost. If the children of prominent people were killed in the natural disaster, would the government have acted in the same manner?” Thomas had asked.
In his 10-page reply to the chief secretary, Thomas reiterated his arguments. The memo had left out certain statements made by Thomas, including his claim that the government silences anti-corruption activists even if they do not massacre them with '51 cuts.'
Thomas also sent a copy of the letter to the secretary in charge of department of information and public relations.
The government is likely to set up an investigation commission after studying his reply in detail. The government cannot keep an official suspended from service for more than six months without a valid reason.
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