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HC defers the hearing of Govt appeal to May 17

The Kerala High Court today deferred to May 17, hearing of the government appeal, challenging the April 23 Central Administrative Tribunal order, staying the suspension of senior IPS Officer Tomin J Thachankary.



Kochi: The Kerala High Court today deferred to
May 17, hearing of the government appeal, challenging the
April 23 Central Administrative Tribunal order, staying the
suspension of senior IPS Officer Tomin J Thachankary.

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
CAT order.

The undertaking was recorded by a Division Bench,comprising
Justices Thomas P Joseph and C K Abdul Rahim,while considering
considering the appeal filed by the Government seeking to
setaside CAT order directing reinstatement of Thachankary.
In its appeal, the government submitted that the CAT order
twas `arbitrary` and illegal and hence should be quashed. It
would also set a bad precedent and send a wrong message to
erring officials.

The government submitted that Thachankary, former IGP
(Kannur), had a constroversial career record and that there
have been a series of allegations, vigilance investigation and
enquiry, criminal cases and disciplinary action against him.

It was stated that Thachankary applied for Leave Travel
Concession (LTC) from February 15 this year to Mar 20.However
in a letter dated Mar 25, he requested for postponing LTC and
requested the same from Apr 3 to Apr 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.

PTI

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