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.
The Triple Talaq Bill has been a major poll plank of the BJP, with the party trying its best to woo a section of minorities with the legislation, even as those who had led the crusade against the practice continue to fight for their survival. In its recently released manifesto for Lok Sabha polls, the […]
The skies over the national capital were a smoky grey on Tuesday as the sun struggled to shine through the haze, with the air quality slipping into the “severe” category in several places in the city. At 12.30 p.m., the city’s overall air quality index was 390 — marginally better than Monday’s high of 397 […]
With the Congress in Haryana fielding “heavyweight” candidates in many parliamentary constituencies, political analysts feel that the party has conveyed a message that the electoral battle for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party would not be a cakewalk. The BJP, after its recent win in the Jind Assembly bypoll and in the municipal polls in five […]