Tomin J. Thachankary’s prosecution

Kochi/Thrissur: The special cell of the Vigilance and Anti- Corruption Bureau in Kochi is expected to file a  charge-sheet against Tomin J. Thachankary before the Thrissur Special Vigilance Court by Monday.
Thachankary, who was accused of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, will be the first direct IPS officer in Kerala to face prosecution in a Vigilance case.
It took nearly 19 months for the Vigilance Bureau to file the charge-sheet since receiving a nod from the Union Home Ministry to prosecute the IPS officer.
According to sources, the mismatch in the figures shown by the Vigilance wing and the Union Ministry  after probing Thachankary’s wealth delayed the filing of the charge-sheet.
“The Vigilance probe had found that Thachankary had an unaccounted amount of Rs 67 lakh as his assets. But when the probe documents were forwarded to the Union Home Ministry, they found only Rs 47 lakh.
To clarify the differences, the officials of the Vigilance and the Home Ministry held a meeting. It was later found that our findings were correct and we were given a nod from the personal department to go ahead with the prosecution,” a Vigilance officer said.
The investigations have found that Thachankary has amassed unaccounted wealth in the form of land and stock shares.
The probe into the case remained pending for almost the first two years and was restarted when the court sought explanation from the state for delaying it.
It is learnt that certain top bureaucrats  in the Home Ministry had opposed prosecuting Thachankary. The IPS officer himself had written to the ministry raising objections to prosecuting him.

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