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NIA clears tainted cop

NIA clears tainted cop

Author: Editorial
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: July 7, 2011
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/351482/NIA-clears-tainted-cop.html

Congress manipulates probe, secures 'clean chit'

The decision of Kerala's UDF Government to reinstate tainted IPS officer Tomin J Thachankery, suspended from service over serious charges, including offering safe passage to terrorists holed up in Qatar to the State, proves the perfidious approach of the Congress towards matters concerning national security. That the State Government's decision follows a Central 'clean chit' to the tainted police officer also shows that some heavyweights in the UPA regime want him back in service when the Congress is in power in Kerala. Through this act, both the UPA and the UDF have defied last week's Kerala High Court instruction to keep criminal elements out of law enforcement agencies. The charges against Mr Thachankery, known for his proximity to the Congress as well as the pro-rich leadership of the CPI(M), are many: Amassing wealth illegally; smuggling electronic goods into the State; indulging in custodial torture; and, most dangerously, assisting terrorists holed up in Gulf countries. He was suspended from service in April 2010 by then Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, the no-nonsense leader of the CPI(M), for travelling to the Gulf without the Government's permission. Mr Thachankery, then Inspector-General of Police in Kannur from where the notorious LeT terrorist Thadiyantavide Nazeer hails, had visited four Arab countries after lying to his superiors that he was going to Sikkim. Before that, he had set off a storm in Kerala by visiting Bangalore without authorisation when Nazeer and his aide were taken there after their arrest in the North-East. Mr Achuthanandan had reacted sharply, but his Home Minister, Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, aligned with the CPI(M)'s pro-rich faction, endorsed that trip. As per reports, Mr Thachankery went to Bangalore to tell Nazeer that he should not reveal certain names to his interrogators.

However, the biggest shock came in the form of a report from the Indian envoy in Doha that Mr Thachankery had held secret talks with certain associates of Nazeer in Qatar. The Union Home Ministry wanted the Kerala Government to take action against him on the basis of this report. The LDF regime extended his suspension and asked the Union Government to probe the matter, following which investigations were handed over to the NIA. Recently, the Home Ministry wrote to the Kerala Government, informing it that the NIA had not found any evidence against Mr Thachankery and that it had no objections to revoking his suspension. Last Wednesday's Kerala Cabinet decision has generated the justifiable suspicion that the probe was manipulated by the Government. The Thachankery affair shows that the NIA, constituted for investigating serious crimes against the nation, is now being misused by the Congress. Another institution stands subverted.

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