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.