Book of Jacob | Kerala

Once Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s blue-eyed boy, disgraced state vigilance commissioner Jacob Thomas is making a political entry via Twenty20, a political outfit floated by a company called Kitex Garments based in Kizhakkambalam in Kochi. Under suspension since 2017, the 1985 batch IPS officer sought voluntary retirement over e-mail on March 22 to contest the Lok Sabha poll from Chalakudy. Jacob was suspended after his autobiogra­phy, Swimming with Sharks, was seen as violating service rules. Later, the Left government slapped a dispropor­tionate assets case against him, which is still being probed. As soon as the Kerala government received Jacob’s VRS application, it alerted the Centre. According to the personnel ministry, a serving officer under suspension and facing a probe cannot take VRS till the probe is over. Jacob’s VRS application was also deemed improper as it was sent on e-mail. Undeterred, Jacob kicked off his poll campaign by meeting religious leaders in Chalakudy.


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