By V. R. Jayaraj
The Pioneer, dailypioneer.com
Monday, October 24, 2016
Kochi - With the controversy over the alleged tapping of
Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas's phone and email
becoming a big headache for Kerala's CPI(M)-led LDF
Government, it is reportedly thinking of carrying out a
major reshuffle at the top of the State police. Rumours
are rife that Jacob Thomas himself could be shifted out
of his present position.
Thomas, an officer with DGP rank, had the other day
lodged a complaint with DGP Loknath Behera that his phone
and e-mail were being tapped, effectively pushing the
Government into a perception trap as tapping in the case
of an officer of his position was nearly impossible
without the knowledge of the Home Department being looked
after by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
This was the second time Jacob Thomas, famous as an
upright police officer and an anti-corruption crusader,
had caused trouble for the LDF Government within a few
days. Earlier, he had requested the Government to remove
him from his current position because of "personal
reasons" but it is yet to take a decision on this.
Stating that Jacob Thomas's complaint would be inquired
into, State DGP Loknath Behera said on Sunday that nobody
had sought or had been given permission for tapping the
Vigilance Director's phone and email. There were strict
guidelines for tapping phones but "anything is possible
in this age of technology", he said.