Kerala top cop under scanner for terror links
Suspended Kerala Inspector-General of Police Tomin Thachankary faces further action for his alleged links with operatives of terror outfits whom he is reported to have met during recent visits to Persian Gulf countries, including Qatar.india Updated: Jun 24, 2010 02:10 IST
Suspended Kerala Inspector-General of Police Tomin Thachankary faces further action for his alleged links with operatives of terror outfits whom he is reported to have met during recent visits to Persian Gulf countries, including Qatar.
Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said on Wednesday that he had received a letter demanding action against Thachankary from the home ministry and forwarded it to the state’s chief secretary.
The inspector general was suspended last month for making unannounced visits to Persian Gulf countries after lying about his travel plans.
The action followed a protest note sent by the Indian embassy in Qatar to the external affairs ministry, claiming the officer met “dubious persons” during his visits and kept the mission in the dark. It is mandatory for visiting officials to keep the local embassy in the loop.
Reports said Thachankary had met absconders from Kerala with links to terror outfits, and promised to help them if they returned to India.
Thachankary had allegedly told his superiors he was going on a holiday to Kashmir. But when he was spotted in the Gulf, he said he had changed his travel plans. A probe revealed he had made trips to the region without seeking permission.
Thachankary denied any wrongdoing, saying his superiors, including DGP Jacob Punnosse and state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were aware of his trips. He said he hadn’t divulged the details to embassy officials as the visits were confidential. Balakrishnan seemed reluctant to act against Thachankary, who is reportedly close to leaders of the state’s ruling CPM. But the CM ordered Thachankary’s. This was stayed by a central administrative tribunal. The matter is now in the Kerala HC.