If anyone’s a riddle wrapped in an enigma and speaks in parables, that’s DGP Jacob Thomas. Though it’s not easy to sketch a brief bio of him, I have attempted the arduous task. The self-proclaimed anti-corruption crusader is back in the news as the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has revoked his suspension and directed the Kerala state government to reinstate the officer forthwith.
Jacob Thomas has been under suspension for more than eighteen months now. The DGP was first suspended in December 2017, after he unleashed a scathing attack on the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government’s poor response to the Ockhi disaster. In its suspension order, the government had stated that it found Thomas’ statements at a public meeting on December 9, 2017 ‘inflammatory in nature’.
The suspension was then extended by another six months, now in the name of writing a book which didn’t qualify as a “literary work”, for breaking service rules. Just as Jacob Thomas was due to complete his suspension period, a vigilance case was foisted upon the officer in December 2018, on charges of corruption into the procurement of cutter suction dredger when he was the Director of Ports during the 2011-12 period.