Kochi, April 03: The senior-most IPS officer in Kerala, Jacob Thomas, DGP, has decided not to contest the Lok Sabha polls as the State government not accepting his resignation letter.
Jacob Thomas earlier planned to contest from Chalakudy as a candidate of Kizhakkambalam-based charity outfit Twenty20. Announcing the decision of Jacob Thomas at the Ernakulam Press Club on Monday, chief coordinator of the Twenty20 forum, Sabu M. Jacob, also chairman and managing director of Kitex, accused the lobby in the LDF government for not accepting Jacob Thomas’ resignation. “A lobby comprising officials and political leaders who do not want the IPS officer in the fray are behind the move to prevent him from contesting the polls. We do not intend to field anyone else from the constituency,” he said.
Twenty20 was launched as the corporate social responsibility venture of Kitex, the garment manufacturing company.
Jacob Thomas, who was placed under suspension over a year ago, said he had put in over 32 years of service as an IPS officer. “As per a 2017 gazette notification on All India Service Rules, I do not need to issue three months’ notice prior to stepping down. Nobody can be compelled to work,” he added.
Later, answering queries from the media, Mr. Thomas said he was impressed by the development-based outlook of Twenty20. “I will continue to associate with the outfit,” he said.