Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 0 minute ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Top Kerala official fired for meddling in graft probe
By Ashraf Padanna November 13, 2012
 Print    Send to Friend

TRIVANDRUM: Kerala’s information commissioner, responsible for ensuring transparency in government services under the revolutionary Right to Information Act, has been suspended from service for trying to influence corruption probe.

Kerala Governor HR Bharadwaj on Monday issued the suspension order against Information Commissioner K. Natarajan, which was sent to Supreme Court for further action in the rarest of rare cases.

The action follows a Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) report confirming that Natarajan had called his former subordinate, the deputy superintendent of police VG Kunjan, asking him to drop serious charges of corruption against former chief minister VS Achuthanandan.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan confirmed that the governor had signed the suspension order and recommended a detailed enquiry to be initiated by the apex court in the charges against Natarajan.

A report by the home ministry had earlier said Natarajan tried to repeatedly influence the probe against Achuthanandan.

Natarajan was asking the investigating officer to absolve the former chief minister as a first accused in land deal case.

The government decided to take action against Natarajan, a former deputy inspector general of police, on the basis of advice from the home and law departments that Natarajan, a close associate of Achuthanandan, had exceeded his brief and showed inappropriate behaviour.

An audio of conversation took place between Kunjan and Natarajan, a nominee of Achuthanandan, in which he was heard asking the VACB officer to manipulate investigation in favour of the veteran Communist leader was on air since September.

The audio “evidence” was verified by the cyber-forensic wing of the state police.

Natarajan was also heard on the tape saying he himself had saved a revenue official caught in a bribery case on the same grounds that he was not a “habitual offender.”

Kunjan reportedly recorded the telephonic conversation when he was called by his former superior officer on Sept. 19 before embarking on a long foreign jaunt.

Natarajan is yet to deny the allegations.
 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
School secretary held over abuse
Bangalore: After filing a cheating case against a city school, where a nursery student was sexually assaulted, police on Friday arrested a functionary of a trust running ..
Five arrested for attacking Bengal police team
Kolkata: Five people were arrested on Saturday for hurling bombs at a raiding police team on Friday that left three cops injured in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. Add..
Four shot at in Delhi rioting, 33 arrested
New Delhi: Four people were shot at during a clash between two communities over a petty issue in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri area, police said, adding that 33 people have bee..
Three, including two students, held for murder
Gurgaon: Three people, including two teenaged students, were arrested here for killing a painter after a drunken brawl, police said on Saturday. Puneet, Manav and Rahu..
Yuva Morcha youth held after attack on hotel
KOZHIKODE: As moral support from cine artistes and cyber activists poured in for Down Town Café, a popular hang out of students ransacked allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Yu..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright