While CM Pinarayi Vijayan was set to release the book, the CM has backed out after an MLA complained.

Jacob Thomas cancels book release allegation that he violated Official Secrets Act
news Politics Monday, May 22, 2017 - 16:04

Former Director General of Police Jacob Thomas on Monday called off the book release function of his autobiography 'Sravukelku Opam Neenthumpol' (Swimming With The Sharks). 

The 250-page book, that is based on Jacob Thomas's police service was to be released by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

The decision to call off the event comes in the wake of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan backing off from the event.

The book reportedly criticises former CM Oommen Chandy and heaps praises on Pinarayi Vijayan, and Jacob Thomas reportedly even admits that he wanted Pinarayi to become the CM of Kerala. 

Earlier in the day, MLA KC Joseph had written to Pinarayi Vijayan, asking the latter not to attend the book release ceremony. The MLA pointed out that the state government had not given permission to Jacob Thomas to go ahead with publishing the book.

Joseph said that Jacob Thomas has violated the Official Secrets Act by writing this book. It is learnt that CM Pinarayi Vijayan backed off from the event, taking MLA Joseph's letter into consideration. 

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