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NIA to probe Kerala IG`s controversial Qatar visit

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) would probe the alleged meeting of a senior Kerala IPS officer with certain people having terror links during his Qatar visit earlier this year.



New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency
(NIA) would probe the alleged meeting of a senior Kerala IPS
officer with certain people having terror links during his
Qatar visit earlier this year.

"We have got reports from the Qatar Mission and as well
as from other security agencies. Therefore we have asked NIA
to inquire into the matter," Home Secretary G K Pillai said
here today.

According to reports, Inspector General of Police Tomin J
Thachankary had allegedly met some persons in Qatar who are
said to have terror links. The charges were, however, refuted
by the officer.

The reports had claimed that Thachankary met some
Keralites allegedly having terror links in the Gulf and
allegedly offered to help them come to their home state.

The External Affairs Ministry had passed on this
information to the Home Ministry following which the ministry
had asked the state government to carry-out investigations in
the matter.

Thachankary was suspended when he was IG (Kannur) some
months back for making a foreign trip allegedly without
government permission, as prescribed by the service rules.

Earlier, he also faced suspension in a case relating to
amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income.

However, he was re-instated following a High Court order
as the vigilance probe in the case kept dragging.

-PTI

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