Kerala govt challenges CAT order
Last Updated: Monday, May 03, 2010, 19:00
Kochi: The Kerala government on Monday filed an appeal in the High Court challenging a Central Administrative Tribunal order, staying the suspension of senior IPS officer Tomin J Thachankary who had been suspended from service after he undertook a foreign trip without informing the government.

In the appeal, the government submitted that the CAT order of April 23 should be quashed as it was 'arbitrary' and 'illegal' and would also set a bad precedent and send a wrong message to erring officials.

Thachankary, former IGP (Kannur), had a 'controversial career record.' There had been a series of allegations, vigilance investigation, vigilance inquiry, criminal cases and disciplinary actions against him, the government submitted.

In 2007, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau had registered a case against Thachankary relating to amassing of wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income and for other allegations.

Thachankary was suspended from service pending inquiry on July 10, 2007 and was out of service for 15 months. The probe was continuing even now, it was stated.

He had also illegally imported electronic goods from Singapore, misused official vehicle, undertook frequent visits abroad and possessed multiple passports. A criminal case was pending against him before a Magistrate court at Alapuzha on the charge of lock-up torture, the government said.

It was stated that Thachankary applied for Leave Travel Concession initially from February 15 this year to March 20. However, in a letter dated March 25, he sought LTC postponement and requested it from April 3 to April 9, stating that he was availing LTA to go to Gangtok in Sikkim. On March 30, government passed the order sanctioning his LTC.


First Published: Monday, May 03, 2010, 19:00

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