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Kochi: The State government, in a statement before the Ernakulam Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal on Monday, dismissed the allegation of the suspended Inspector-General of Police Tomin J. Thachankary that the Chief Minister ordered action against him without a recommendation from the Police Department.

The government filed the statement in response to an application filed by the police officer before the Bench.

On his allegation in the application that he was made a scapegoat of the group rivalries in the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the major partner of the ruling Left Democratic Front, and the suspension order was a result of victimisation, the government said he had made respondents none of the parties against whom the allegations were made, which itself made the application non-maintainable.

The government reiterated that an order issued by it in 2008 made it mandatory for a government employee to obtain sanction from the designated authority for travelling abroad. Mr. Thachankary had not done so. Nor did he inform the Additional Director-General of Police, North Zone, or the Chief Secretary about his trip.

The government described as untrue the version of the applicant that he had informed the Chief Secretary about the visit and had to leave for the trip as the sanction was delayed. The government denied the allegation that he was removed/transferred from the post of Inspector-General of Police, Kannur Range, before being suspended. The guiding principles for suspension of a government servant were followed. It was unnecessary to initiate disciplinary proceedings against an official before suspending him or her.

The government said it was contemplating disciplinary proceedings against the applicant and articles of charges would be issued to him under the rules. The suspension was highly necessary and his continuance in service pending inquiry would be against the public interest.

The High Court had earlier directed the CAT Bench to hold the final hearing on an application filed by Mr. Thachankary against his suspension on May 28 and pass the final order at the earliest.

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