• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Kerala: IAS officers call off mass leave protest after CM's rap

By Anusha Ravi

IAS officers in Kerala who had decided to go on a mass casual leave in protest decided to withdraw their protest following a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The Kerala government and bureaucrats in the state were at loggerheads over Vigilance commissioner filing cases against senior IAS officers. Bureaucrats in the state decided to go on mass casual leave on Monday in an attempt to protest the crackdown, that they claim to be the misuse of office, by Vigilance Chief Jacob Thomas. The protest was called off after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on the IAS officers on Monday.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

"The protest is being considered as a serious move against the government. This will not be allowed. The government will not interfere with the investigations taken up by the vigilance department. Such a protest by bureaucrats is not justified at any cost", the Kerala Chief Minister said. He addressed the press after a meeting with IAS officers.

IAS officers in the state decided to go on mass leave as a mark of protest against Vigilance chief for alleged misuse of office and registering cases against senior civil servants. The anger was sparked off by a case registered by the vigilance against senior IAS officer Paul Antony who holds the office of additional chief secretary (industries). He was booked in connection with the nepotism case involving former Industries Minister E P Jayarajan. IAS officers allege that Jacob Thomas was acting in a vindictive manner and had earlier taken representations to the government against him. "In the past few months, there have been instances when the vigilance director had taken vindictive actions against officers who, either pointed out his misdoings or questioned him for taking law in his hands." said a note that was passed after Saturday's meeting of IAS officers.

Their anger also stems from government inaction over their allegations. Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday however, announced that the government would not interfere and the vigilance department will go ahead with investigations.

OneIndia News

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more