Kerala IAS officers feel the heat of Vigilance

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 27 (IANS) Senior Kerala IAS officials have expressed their displeasure to Chief Secretary S.M. Vijayanand against the manner in which the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau chief Jacob Thomas is “going about things”.

Late on Wednesday evening, the Vigilance sleuths knocked at the residence of Additional Chief Secretary K.M. Abraham following a case being registered against him based on a petition from a public activist that he has accumulated wealth beyond his known sources of income.

This action has irked the IAS officers who have expressed their displeasure.

Abraham who is known to be an upright officer and a stickler for rules was largely instrumental in Sahara group chairman Subrata Roy going behind bars, while he worked with SEBI.

The vigilance probe against Abraham came after a Vigilance court acted on the petition of a public activist.

Abraham who is also the Finance Secretary, asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to relieve him from the post of Finance Secretary, but Vijayan did not allow him to leave.

Thomas has reasons to be upset because it was the finance inspection wing under Abraham that in March this year submitted a report indicting Thomas of procedural lapses, and that his acts caused a loss to the exchequer when he was the Ports Director during the regime of Oommen Chandy.

This report found its way into the hands of the media last week, which caused a dent in the image of Thomas.

The IAS top brass is upset because Thomas is acting with “vengeance” as a few of them have now fallen into the net of vigilance.

However, following the huge media attention on the raid at Abraham’s residence, the Vigilance has said that there was no raid and all they did was to “measure the size of his apartment”.

Thomas who holds the rank of a Director General of Police since the late ’90s has not worn a police uniform as successive governments know that he is a tough customer to deal with. He is now acting against a few cabinet ministers of the Chandy government.

–IANS

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