Kerala: IPS officer Thomas Jacob says won’t please politicians to retain post

The other day, a reply under RTI had revealed that there were no complaints against Thomas in writing.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 23, 2015 1:41 am

Senior IPS officer Thomas Jacob, who was removed as the state chief of fire and rescue services under duress from builders, on Thursday said he would not go after politician to retain any post.

Thomas, an officer in the rank of DGP, was shunned out after he initiated action against builders who had flouted safety norms.

Days back he assumed office as the managing director of state police construction corporation, a post held by junior officer.

Addressing a function in Kochi on Thursday, Thomas said after he was removed from the Vigilance department in May this year he wanted to continue with the Vigilant Kerala. (The Vigilant Kerala is a special drive of the vigilance and anti corruption bureau to detect corruption in local bodies with public support).

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Thomas said he could have continued with the post if he had approached politicians. But, such move would weaken our stand, he said.

Meanwhile, the chief secretary on Thursday issued a notice to Thomas seeking explanation on his open comments against chief minister Oommen Chandy and Home minister Ramesh Chennithala.

The decision was taken by the cabinet which was irked over Thomas’ expose about nexus between politicians and builders. Days back,  Thomas had stated that he had witnessed builders holding discussions with Chandy and Chennithala after he denied sanction for illegal structures.

He said he had acted only for the safety of people.

The other day, a reply under RTI had revealed that there were no complaints against Thomas in writing.

The reply from the chief minister’s office had debunked Chandy’s claim that Thomas was removed from fire force in the wake of complaints.

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    Yodha
    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm
    Free police from the clutches of the politicians. Undertake reforms in police and make it an independent insution.
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      Yodha
      Oct 23, 2015 at 4:01 pm
      Supreme Court ped a historic judgement in 2006 requiring all states to undertake Police Reforms. No state (read politicians) has complied even after 9 years. Kerala should take the lead and implement the reforms
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        Kaliyug
        Oct 23, 2015 at 3:44 am
        Politicians enriching themselves are seldom doing it without the help of a weak judiciary, in this case they need pliable officers who mind their business and let the Ooomens steal by helping them or keeping a blind eye.
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          JJ973
          Oct 23, 2015 at 4:53 am
          The public needs to be changed in Kerala. The highest literacy means nothing and we still have a system that is worse than other states. People and politicians needs to understand their role , responsibilities and values which is unfortunately not the case in Kerala and also in India. You have to see the western world to see what value politicians have and what judiciary systems and police systems they have , so that people can trust those systems.
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            s.jacob
            Oct 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm
            I wonder why police/government officials cannot criticize / or expose malpractices that is going on in the government! Are these people tax payers and citizens of this democratic country? It looks like harment of high officials will deter future generations from opting for IAS/IPS jobs. In a way, probably, that is what politicians wants too. They don't want any one questioning them. It is good for democracy if there is transparency. If allegations are disproved, then those who raised it can be prosecuted. Opposition parties and media bring out allegation on a daily basis and why no one is suing them?
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