THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State police chief T.P. Senkumar’s missive to the state government that ADGP headquarters Tomin Thachankary has laid hands on 12 files at confidential T-section at PHQ, pertaining to his disciplinary action, raises questions about an official’s unbridled access to what’s arguably an incriminating dossier. The appointment of pol-ice officer B. Ashokan, who faced charges of Vigilance report manipulation as the SP of the Special Investigation Unit-I, is being linked to Mr Thachankary.
SIU-I is probing a Vigilance case registered against Mr Thachankary last year in connection with alleged corruption while serving as transport commissioner. Mr Ashokan is likely to take over as SIU-I SP on Saturday, Vigilance sources told DC. Detractors see a pattern in the rehabilitation of Mr Thachankary, already saddled with allegations and two Vigilance probes. His pivotal posting as ADGP at PHQ, after the LDF came to power, gives a definite edge in sorting out issues pending against him. The 1987-batch IPS officer has a long way to go and has time to get the act together. The main charge is that sanitising T-branch files could help him clear career hurdles.
Sources said Mr Thachankary’s appointment as ADGP headquarters had irked former Vigilance director Jacob Thomas. Last year Mr Thomas had recommended his suspension from service in view of the fresh Vigilance case. But the government turned it down. According to sources, T-branch files against Mr. Thachakary included those pertaining to the Vigilance charge-sheet against him on charges of amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs. 79 lakh, the Government order to attach his property and Ministry of Home Affair's adverse remarks against him in connection with National Investigation Agency's alert that Mr Thachankary had met persons with criminal background during his trip to Qatar.