Govt for Reviewing Thachankary's Service Records
The state government has sent a letter to the Centre requesting the Union Home Ministry’s concurrence for conducting a review of the entire service records of IG Tomin J Thachankary regarding suitability or further retention in service.
The letter, a copy of which is in possession of ‘Express’, reveals that the state police chief has strongly recommended to review the case of Tomin J Thachankary as per the provisions in Rule 16(3) of AIS (DCRB) Rules.
The rule states that the “review of an IPS official could be conducted after the person completes 15 years of qualifying service, or after completing 25 years of qualifying service or he attains the age of 50.
The state requested the concurrence of the Centre for conducting the review as per the provisions laid down in para 5(13) of the guidelines for the intensive review of records.
Confirming about the letter, Chief Secretary E K Bharath Bhushan told ‘Express’ that a letter has been sent in this regard, “but so far no reply has been received”. The letter stated that Thachankary has a dubious record in service with various Vigilance cases and departmental action against him.
As per the guidelines, when the integrity of an officer is in question, it is an exceptional circumstance for which orders may be passed in respect of such a person under Rule 16(3). According to sources, ideally there is no need to sent a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking concurrence. “It can be reviewed by a state-level committee. In the case of Thachankary, the letter was sent to the Centre following a directive from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy,” the sources said.
The letter sent by Chief Secretary E K Bharath Bhushan on December 7, 2013, also pointed out the allegations, including amassing wealth disproportionate to known source of income, faced by Thachankary.
The officer had smuggled costly electronic items while returning from Singapore on January 23, 2002. The officer was allegedly possessing more than one Indian passport and had undertaken frequent overseas visits without proper permission. However, the state dropped the disciplinary action initiated against Thachankary and he was warned against recurrence of such lapses in future.
Besides, R Sreelekha, another IPS official, had sought sanction to file defamation cases against Thachankary as he had made allegation that Sreelekha had travelled abroad without the permission of the government. The state had given sanction to Sreelekha, but no further action was taken, the letter stated.
The letter points out 10 allegations against the official. Hence, review of service under the Rules is essential, it said.