Kerala vigilance chief Jacob Thomas says phone being tapped

In a complaint to DGP (Law and Order) Loknath Behera, Thomas, a DGP-rank officer himself, has demanded a probe into the alleged phone tapping.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:October 24, 2016 3:48 am

Kerala Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Jacob Thomas has claimed that his emails are being hacked and phone calls being tapped.

In a complaint to DGP (Law and Order) Loknath Behera, Thomas, a DGP-rank officer himself, has demanded a probe into the alleged phone tapping. Thomas has raised the complaint at a time the VACB has been conducting a probe into several corruption cases in which senior IPS and IAS officials are allegedly involved.

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Last week, Thomas had informed the government of his intention to quit as the VACB Director following reports regarding financial irregularities in the port department when he had headed it.

In his complaint rushed to the DGP Saturday, Thomas said the alleged hacking of emails and tapping of phone calls infringed upon his privacy.

DGP Behera said he had not given sanction to any officer to tap Thomas’s phone calls. “There are strict guidelines of the SC on phone tapping. However, there are many ways to tap the phone calls and hack mail. An officer of the rank of IG can tap the phone for three days without prior permission. But the same has to be immediately informed to the Home Secretary and get the phone tapping ratified,” he said.

The DGP, however, said he had not seen the complaint sent by Thomas. If any officer has tapped the phone calls without permission, he would face action, he added.