One of the oldest graft cases, the palm oil case relates to the import of 15,000 tonne of palm oil from a Singapore-based firm, Power and Energy Private Ltd, for distribution through public distribution network in Kerala in 1992.
The state was passing through a severe edible oil crunch then. The then UDF government clinched the deal violating the guideline of the state trading corporation. Later, the state vigilance found the state reportedly lost Rs 2.32 crore. P J Thomas was the State Food Secretary when the deal was signed.
The Comptroller and Auditor General was the first to sniff corruption in the import. Later the case was handed over to the State Vigilance Department. Charge sheet against the first accused former Chief Minister K Karunakaran and seven others were filed March 17, 2003. Thomas is the eighth accused in the case.
P J Thomas : Profile
Thomas is 1973 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer. District collector to secretary of various departments he became Kerala Chief Electoral Officer (1998-2005). He was elevated to state chief secretary in 2007. He came to deputation on Centre in 2009, secretary in ministry of parliament affairs. From January 23, 2009 to September 30 2009 Union Telecom Secretary. Became CVC in August 2010.