Kochi: The Kerala High Court today deferred
to May 17 hearing on the government`s appeal challenging a
Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order which had stayed
suspension of a senior IPS officer.
Tomin J Thachankary was suspended from service after he
undertook a foreign trip without informing the government.
Thachankary`s counsel gave an undertaking to the court
that his client would not insist on reinstatement in service.
He also assured the court that Thachankary would not file
a contempt case against the state for non-compliance of the
The undertaking was recorded by a Division Bench
comprising Justices Thomas P Joseph and C K Abdul Rahim while
considering the appeal filed by the Government seeking to set
aside CAT order directing reinstatement of the officer.
In its appeal, the government submitted that the CAT
order was "arbitrary" and illegal and hence should be quashed.
It would also set a bad precedent and send a wrong message to
erring officials, it said.
The government submitted that Thachankary, former IGP
(Kannur), had a controversial career record and that there
have been a series of allegations, vigilance investigation,
criminal cases and disciplinary action against him.
It was stated that Thachankary applied for Leave Travel
Concession (LTC) from February 15 this year to March 20.
However in a letter dated March 25, he requested for
postponing LTC and requested the same from April 3-9.
In his written request, Thachankary stated he was
availing LTC to go to Gangtok. On Mar 30, the government
passed an order, sanctioning his LTC.