Thrissur, 02 Aug, 2019: Kicking up a controversy, the suspended Kerala DGP Jacob Thomas has said that this is the time where ‘Jai Shri Ram’ should be called more fervently.
Thomas, while addressing a 'Ramayana Fest' event on Thursday, opined that today's situation is such that Lord Ram is not hailed anymore.
"Is Lord Ram really in our land now? Did we reach a situation where we can't hail Lord Ram? If our minds have reached a state where we cannot hail Ram, then we must think if we have become evil. Time has come for us to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' with more might," said Jacob.
This comes at a time when several incidents have been reported across the country of people allegedly being thrashed for not chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'. The Central Administrative Tribunal had recently directed the state government to reinstate Jacob, who was suspended by the Kerala government in 2017 for allegedly criticising state government policies.
Recently, Jacob attended an RSS event in Kochi and said he has been close to the organisation for many years now. Thomas’ statement comes at a time when several incidents of people getting harassed for not chanting Jai Shri Ram have come to light from across the country.
More over, Jacob Thomas is a thorn in the flesh of BJP-foe Pinarayi government. So, CPIM and other left parties in Kerala prefer to call Jacob Thomas’ statement as a BJP appeasement politics.
Couple of days back, giving a thud to the Kerala government, the Ernakulam bench of Central Administrative Tribunal had ordered that Thomas, who has been under suspension over the last one-and-a-half years by Pinarayi government, should be immediately reinstated in a post equivalent to his rank. The seniormost IPS officer in Kerala was suspended in December 2017 after he criticised the Pinarayi government’s rescue efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Okhi.
The government has since extended his suspension period. In the verdict, the bench of E K Bharat Bhushan said: “… suspension cannot take the form of punishment. Suspension from service of an employee is solely to be resorted to in order to facilitate an impartial inquiry…Mechanically ordering continuance of the suspension period brings no credit to a model employer,’’