KERALA CB TO PROBE 'PHONE-TAPPING' OF VIGILANCE DEPT HEAD
By V. R. Jayaraj
The Pioneer, dailypioneer.com
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Kochi - Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday told
the Kerala Assembly that the Crime Branch (CB) of the
State police would investigate the alleged tapping of the
phone and email of Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas, who
had recently requested the Government to accept his
resignation from the post.
Replying to the Opposition's notice for an adjournment
motion on Jacob Thomas's complaint about the alleged
tapping of his phone and email, Pinarayi said, "A probe
by the Crime Branch will be appropriate in a matter like
this." The Congress-led UDF Opposition had demanded an
impartial probe by a Central agency. The Chief Minister
said the Government had not given permission for tapping
anybody's phone and that it was not its policy to tap
phones of political leaders or top officials. Jacob
Thomas had last week lodged a complaint with DGP Loknath
Behera about the alleged tapping of his phone and email.
Pinarayi told the House that the Vigilance Director in
his complaint had not said that his phone was being
tapped but he had only requested for an inquiry to find
out whether tapping was being done as mentioned in a
report that had appeared in the media. "He had only
expressed his anxiety over the report," he said.
About reports on Jacob Thomas's letter to the Home
Secretary stating his wish for removal from the post of
Vigilance Director, the Chief Minister said that the
Government had not given permission for "some wishes he
had expressed". The Government wanted a person like
Thomas to continue in that position, he added.