Senior IPS officer Jacob Thomas, who has been at loggerheads with Kerala’s Oommen Chandy government, Wednesday said that those raising their voice against corruption were branded as lunatics.
Speaking on “Nurturing sustainable anti-corruption leadership in Kerala’’ on International Anti-Corruption Day, the DGP-rank officer said that while corrupt officials got promoted, those speaking out against corruption faced the threat of being served a memo.
Thomas alleged that a deputy tehsildar in Idukki, who craked down on encroachment, was removed a few days back disregarding the fact that he was in charge of the disaster management system in the district at a time when the Mullaperiyar dam was brimming.
Thomas was recently shunted out as the chief of the state’s fire and rescue services department after refusing to grant NOCs to 77 high-rise buildings that did not meet the mandatory safety criteria.
Challenging CM Chandy’s insistence for high-rises, Thomas had recently commented on his facebook page, “Even while ensuring nest for the birds in the sky, which do not sow or harvest, we should look at the prosperity of those who sow and reap.’’