Kochi: Declining to intervene in the matter
of suspension of senior IPS officer Tomin J Thachankary, the
Kerala High Court today directed Central Administrative
Tribunal to dispose of a petition filed by him within four
Thachankary, former Kannur IGP, was suspended after he
visited Gulf countries without informing the government. On a
petition by him, the CAT stayed the suspension on April 23.
Disposing of an appeal by the state government
challenging the CAT order, a division bench comprising
Justices Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and S Satishchandran
clarified it had not expressed any view on the merits of the
case, but said it was not in the interest of the state or
Thachankary to drag on the matter.
The bench extended the undertaking by Thachankary that he
would not insist on the state government to comply with the
tribunal`s order staying the suspension and ordering his
reinstatement for the time being.
Challenging CAT order, the government had filed an appeal
contending that it was "arbitrary" and "illegal" and should be
quashed. The stay would also set a bad precedent and send
wrong message to erring officials, it had stated.
The court granted time to both the parties to produce all
documents before the tribunal.