NIA to probe terror tainted Kerala IPS officer

The Home Ministry has asked the NIA to probe the allegation against Tomin J Thachankary.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Home Ministry has asked the NIA to probe the allegation against Tomin J Thachankary that he had met some people with terrorist links in Qatar a few months back.

The matter had been referred to NIA as the state had informed the Home Ministry that a central probe would be more effective on the matter, official sources said here.

Thachankary, who is already under suspension for making another trip to Gulf without government`s permission, as prescribed by service rules, ran into fresh trouble with the
Home Ministry writing to state Chief Secretary about a letter received from Indian Ambassador to Qatar on the conduct of the officer there.

The Ambassador, Deepa Gopal Wadhva, had in her letter said that Thachankary had sought details of some wanted persons with suspected terrorist links living in Qatar.

According to the envoy, Thachankary was evasive when asked if he had the government`s permission to conduct the probe.

In his reply to the Home Ministry last week, Thachankary refuted the charge that he had sought details of wanted persons from the Ambassador during their meeting in Doha.

According to sources close to Thachankary, in his letter he had made it clear that he did not make any enquiry about people with terrorist links residing in Qatar or anyone wanted in other criminal cases.

Thachankary was suspended about two months back when he has serving as IG (Kannur) for making a foreign trip without government`s prior permission.

Earlier, he also faced suspension in a case relating to amassing of wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. However, he was reinstated following a High Court


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