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Kerala DGP Jacob Thomas suspended for speaking about handling of Cyclone Ockhi

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan suspended DGP Jacob Thomas for violating the All India Service Rules after it surfaced that he had spoken about breakdown of law and order in the state.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2017 15:02 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Thiruvananthapuram
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Residents carry their belongings as they evacuate their homes after flooding caused by Cyclone Ockhi in the coastal village of Chellanam in Kerala.(Reuters file)

The Kerala government has suspended director general of police (DGP) Jacob Thomas on charges of violating service rules, officials said on Wednesday.

The suspension order came on Tuesday night.

Thomas was suspended from service by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for violating the All India Service Rules after it surfaced that the officer had spoken about breakdown of law and order in the state and the way cyclone Ockhi was handled.

Thomas became the vigilance director the day Vijayan became the chief minister in May last year.

But relations between the two started to sour when, earlier this year, Thomas was asked to go on leave. After a few months, he was told to head a state-run management institute.

Thomas said he was yet to see or get the suspension order.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 15:02 IST