Former chief secretary E K Bharath Bhooshan on Thursday said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should have taken a more stringent stand against corrupt bureaucrats.
Last week, after exiting the office of the chief secretary, Bhooshan had blamed Chandy for favouring a private builder who had encroached upon a government land. He made the adverse remark in the wake of a vigilance report to the Lokayukta that the executive at the highest level was involved in the land deal.
On Thursday, while taking part in a news programme in Mathrubhumi News, a Malayalam TV channel, Bhooshan said the Chief Minister had a habit of helping some officials in out of turn manner although they did not deserve it. “I had nothing to say in it.”
He was referring to the Chief Minister’s decisions to favour senior IPS official Tomin J Thachankary and senior IAS official Tom Jose, who were facing corruption charges.
Bhooshan said he had suggested that a vigilance probe should be held against Jose for his alleged role in the land dealings. But, the Chief Minister denied it.
He said the Union government had given sanction to prosecute Thachankary who has faced vigilance probes in corruption cases. As the chairman of the promotion committee, Bhooshan said he was against promoting Thachankary. But the Chief Minister did not attest the chief secretary’s view and promoted him as ADGP.
He said that if the Chief Minister had been tough against the two officials, it would have given a strong message against corruption.