Senior high-ranking officer must probe case against ADGP Thachankary: Kerala HC

The court issued the order considering the fact Thachankary, who allegedly made the appointment, is now holding a key post at the police headquarters.

Published: 10th June 2017 02:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2017 02:49 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday held a senior high-ranking officer should probe the Vigilance case against ADGP Tomin J Thachankary over the alleged illegal appointment in the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD).

The court issued the order considering the fact Thachankary, who allegedly made the appointment, is now holding a key post at the police headquarters. A Single Judge issued the order on the petition filed by S Sreehari, Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector (AMVI), Regional Transport Office, Thrissur, seeking to quash the Vigilance inquiry against him.The petitioner was appointed AMVI by Tomin J Thachankary during his tenure as the Transport Commissioner.

Following this, Ernakulam native Raveendran filed a complaint before the Vigilance Special Court alleging corruption in the appointment. The complaint said Sreehari was a ministerial staffer in the office of the Transport Commissioner and lacks the requisite qualification for the post of AMVI. It was alleged Sreehari was appointed on the basis of a fake degree certificate. The complainant said Thachankary abused his official position after accepting illegal gratification and made the appointment. 

Based on the complaint, the Vigilance Special Court had ordered quick verification.The court observed the inquiry must be centred around Thachankary who made the appointment. The High Court also declined to stay the investigation and directed the VACB will report the action taken on the complaint forwarded for inquiry by the Special Court. Sreehari claims to have secured BTech degree in 2013. “The genuineness of the BTech degree will have to be examined.

It doesn’t matter whether Sridhar University, Pilani, Rajasthan, is recognised by our universities or the government or the PSC. What requires is an examination of the degree,” the court said.

The petitioner submitted in the court that it was a three-year course. It is not known how the petitioner managed to secure a BTech degree in three years as it is a five-year course across the country. “All these matters require a through examination by the VACB,” the court held.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp