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VACB prepares report against former director’s appointment

VACB prepared a report against State Crime Records Bureau DGP Reddy related to his promotion to the DGP post.

Published: 16th February 2017 03:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2017 03:27 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The opposition UDF might be in for a major setback.  The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) on Wednesday prepared a report against State Crime Records Bureau DGP N Shanker Reddy related to his promotion to the DGP post and his appointment as VACB director during the UDF Government’s tenure.

The VACB made the report based on the deposition by former Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson, who said Reddy’s appointment in the previous UDF Government as VACB director was ‘illegitimate’. Thomson said though the appointment was made by promoting Reddy as DGP, he never signed the government order. He said he also expressed his dissent in the cabinet meeting held at the time of the appointment by pointing out that promoting Reddy to the DGP rank was illegal as a few DGPs were waiting to head the VACB. Thomson said he also put all the details on the file, but the government overlooked his remarks and went ahead with the appointment.

Files related to Thomson’s disapproval and then Home Minister’s approval letter were missing, the VACB found. It is looking to book the officials instrumental in consenting to Reddy’s appointment.
The Vigilance Court earlier ordered a probe on a complaint of irregularities committed by the UDF Government in appointing Reddy. The complainant alleged the government favoured Reddy to sabotage the Vigilance cases against its ministers.  Though the Vigilance had given clean chit to Reddy earlier, the Court had ordered a fresh probe.



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