Fresh troubles for Tomin Thachankary

Passport office sources said that Senior Kerala IPS officer Tomin J Thachankary had applied for a fresh passport on Feb 9 after he had exhausted the pages of his current passport.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 19:04 PM IST

Kochi: In fresh troubles for Senior Kerala
IPS officer Tomin J Thachankary, who is presently under
suspension for undertaking a foreign tour without government
permission, passport authorities here have referred his
application for a fresh passport to the city Police
commissioner on Monday after it was found that he had allegedly
suppressed some `vital information`.

Passport office sources said that Thanchankary had
applied for a fresh passport on Feb 9 after he had exhausted
the pages of his current passport. In the relevant columns
relating to government service and criminal cases pending,
Thachankary had replied in the negative.
On a Computer search of his previous application, it was
found that he was a government servant, the sources said
following which a showcause notice was issued to him for
giving incorrect information.

Thanchankary then produced a NOC (No objection certificate)
from Additional DGP Mahesh Kumar Singala which stated the
department had no objection for his application, which in
effect was recommending issue of passport to thachankary, the
sources said.
Singala had stated that Thachankary`s application does
not invite provisions under Para 6 (2)F of the Passport Act
(ie there is no criminal proceedings against the particular
person).

The passport office authorities have decided not to issue a
fresh passport under `Tatkal` to thachankary and to refer the
matter to the Kochi city police commissioner as there was
`prima facie suppression of vital information` that
thachankary was not a government servant and there were no
criminal cases against him, the sources said.

The sources said Singala again sent a fax to the passport
office this morning stating that he had only meant that there
was no objection in giving additional pages or additional
booklet for the present passport.

The Vigilance and anti-Corruption Bureau in Kerala had
last week recommended to the state Home department prosecution
of Thachankary for amassing wealth disproportionate to his
income.

According to the report submitted by Vigilance Director
K P Somarajan to Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan,
Thachankary was found to have amassed disproportionate wealth
to the tune of Rs 79 lakh.

Thachankary has been under suspension for the last one
year on the charge that he made a foreign trip without the
consent of the government when he was kannur IGP.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has questioned him
for his alleged association with certain people having terror
links whom he had met during his qatar visit last year.

PTI