Chandrabose murder case: Jacob did unwanted job, confirms Kerala government

Informs CAT that Commissioner interfered with Nisham probe

Kochi: Former Thrissur City Police Commissioner Jacob Job had needlessly interfered with the investigation into the Chandrabose murder case. This was stated by the state government in an affidavit filed before the Central Administrative Tribunal, Kochi bench, on Wednesday.

A preliminary inquiry revealed that the officer had needlessly interfered in the investigation and betrayed the trust of the government on the investigating officer by misusing his official position, the state submitted.

“It is prima facie disclosed that Jacob Job in his capacity as a public servant failed to exercise his duties faithfully and thereby committed misconduct in the exercise of official duties,” the affidavit said.

Mr M. Sasidharan, under-secretary of general administration, made the submission. The DGP had reported that the acts of Jacob Job were extremely shameful and brought unnecessary criticism on the police in a case which was handled with serious concern by them, the affidavit said. Mr Jacob was suspended from service for holding secret meetings with controversial businessman Mohammed Nisham who is accused in the murder case.

The state made the submission on a petition filed by Mr Jacob Job challenging the suspension. He submitted that he had only exercised the statutory function conferred on him by the provisions contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, Kerala Police Act, and the Kerala Police Manual. The state said that the contention of the petitioner to reinstate him in service as superintendent with all consequential benefits was not sustainable.

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