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Vigilance officer probing bar bribery case says he might be attacked

Reacting to the IPS officer’s concern, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Thomas would be give adequate protection.

Additional Director-General of Police (Vigilance and Anti-Corruption) Jacob Thomas, who is heading the probe into the bar bribery case, a land scam and corruption case against a senior IAS officer, on Sunday said he does not rule out chances of being attacked.

In an interview to a local daily, Thomas said those who might target him were “very powerful”. “At anytime, I would be thrown out from the chair. I may be attacked anytime. But, I am certain about one thing. I am safe among the people who hate corruption and corrupt persons,’’ said Thomas.

Thomas, a 1985-batch IPS officer, had been kept away from police department for two decades by successive governments, before being made ADGP (Vigilance) last year.  Recently, he hogged limelight following his supervision of three sensitive cases — the Vigilance case against state Finance Minister K M Mani that he had taken bribe from bar hotel owners to renew liquor licences; the case against senior IAS officer T O Sooraj of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income; and a land scam in which CM Oommen Chandy and ex-chief secretary E K Bharath Bhooshan allegedly favoured a private builder who usurped government land.

Thomas, in his report on the land scam known as Patoor land deal, said the executive at the highest level of governance was involved in the deal. The report to Lokayukta, which is the case, had indicated the alleged involvement of Chandy and the former chief secretary in a manner allowing a private builder to carry out illegal construction on a government land nearby.

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Thomas said the illegal construction was still going on indicating that only poor have to abide by the rules. When the land was grabbed by the private builder, all government departments winked their eyes on the flagrant violation of rules.

Reacting to the IPS officer’s concern, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Thomas would be give adequate protection.