It’s a battle royale. It’s a battle between two DGP rank officers. And, of course, it shows no sign of abating.
The differences of opinion between Kerala DGP T P Senkumar and DGP-rank officer Jacob Thomas over corruption in State Congress government has taken a new turn after the former indirectly advised the latter to quit the service and join politicss “like Arvind Kejriwal, or Y P Sing (a former Maharashtra IPS officer who left service to become an activist in Mumbai) or Ajith Joy (A Bihar-cadre IPS officer) who joined AAP.”
The advice followed hard on the heels of Thomas welcoming on Kerala Police Chief’s Facebook page the vigilance court’s verdict in the bar bribery case, embarrassing the state government. He was earlier ADGP Vigilance. Thomas has retorted back saying “I think he (Senkumar) is also an IPS officer.”
After being removed as the chief of Kerala Fire and Rescue Forces under “duress from builders”, Thomas had stated that builders had a meeting with Chief Minister Chandy.
Naturally, Thomas has become a sore in the eyes of a section of IPS officers as well as the Congress government. He has already been served two showcause notices for speaking to the media. The Kerala Chapter of IPS Officers had an urgent meeting last week to denounce the action of Thomas. But former DGP M G A Raman blasted the IPS Association for its failure to support honest officials such as Thomas and Rishi Raj Singh. The Facebook posts of Senkumar had evoked widespread protest from the public. Earlier Senkumar was reprimanded by the Kerala High Court for having made a ‘casteist remark’ to protect a film actor.