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The Kerala Government on Wednesday locked horns with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the agency’s “unusual interest’’ in a petition seeking a CBI probe against state vigilance director Jacob Thomas.
One Sathyan Naravoor of Koothuparamba in Kannur district has filed a writ petition in the high court, seeking a CBI probe into the allegation that Thomas taught at a college for three months after taking leave from service in 2009 when he was an IG. Earlier, the state vigilance had probed the issue. Subsequently, Thomas had paid back the salary he had drawn for three months to the management institute .
Even before the court took up the petition for preliminary hearing, the CBI on Monday submitted an affidavit, saying that the agency is ready to take up investigation into the petition.
“The high court may be pleased to issue necessary directions to the CBI to conduct investigation into the allegations raised in the writ petition,’’ said the affidavit. On Wednesday, the state government took strong exception to the CBI’s stand.
The government told the court that the CBI, which is reluctant to take up cases with serious inter-state ramifications, has shown undue interest in a petition which deals with alleged violation of service rules.
The government said the agency’s approach was suspicious and that the agency may have some other interest behind the over-enthusiasm.
The government said the Advocate-General would appear for the state when the court takes up the petition on November 3. Thomas has written to the agency’s director, asking him if the affidavit in the court was filed with his consent.