Nearly five months after Jacob Thomas IPS was appointed as the director of Kerala's Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB), he asked the CPI (M)-led LDF government to remove him from the post.
He has reportedly submitted a letter to the Kerala government on Monday, citing personal reasons for making the unusual request.
Jacob Thomas, who served as Managing Director of Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation (KPHCC) and as the DGP, has over the years gained the reputation of being an anti-corruption crusader.
Notably, this comes in the backdrop of reports that Kerala Public Expenditure and Review Committee (KPERC) was set to initiate departmental proceedings against him over alleged irregularities during his tenure as Ports Director that began in 2009.
According to reports, he is facing charges from (KPERC) for allegedly committing irregularities in installing solar panels in Ports Department offices, an allegation the officer has denied.
Saying that he would continue in his post, Jacob Thomas had maintained on Monday that certain vested interests wanted him removed from the post.