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Foreign trip row: Thachankary suspended

india Updated: Apr 18, 2010 02:04 IST

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Senior IPS officer Tomin J Thachankary, facing charges of going on a foreign trip without prior permission, was today suspended from service pending enquiry.

The action was taken on orders from Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, officials said.

Thachankary, Kannur range IG, had been removed from the post yesterday based on the report of DGP Jacob Punnoose that there was clear violation of service rules during his recent visit to Gulf countries.

The government also had not given him any other posting while ordering his removal from the current post.

Achuthanandan, had stated at a cabinet briefing yesterday that the government would take immediate action against him, based on reports submitted by DGP Jacob Punnose and ADGP Sibi Mathews.

The chief minister had last week directed the ADGP to inquire whether the officer had violated rules by going to Gulf countries without prior permission.

Earlier today, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had said the government is exploring further disciplinary action against the IPS officer.

Thachankary, who is reportedly close to the CPI-M faction loyal to state secretary Pinarayi Vijyan, had often been in the eye of controversies and was under suspension for a few months last year following a vigilance probe in case of amassing wealth disproportionate to known source of income. He was later reinstated following a High Court order.