press trust of india
6 December
Incurring the wrath of the Congress-led UDF government over his controversial remarks on a sensational political murder case, Kerala’s DGP (Prisons) Alexander Jacob was this evening removed from the post.
The decision to strip him of the charge of prisons came shortly after he expressed regret over the comments having legal bearings on the T P Chandrasekharan murder case while speaking to the media yesterday.
According to government sources, Mr T P Senkumar, ADGP (Intelligence), has been given additional charge of prisons.
Mr Alexander Jacob’s removal marked the finale of a days-long row over alleged use of mobile phone and Facebook postings by some of the accused in the case lodged as undertrials in the district jail in Kozhikode.
Talking to media, Mr Jacob had said the timing of the expose of prison rule violations was “suspect” and appeared to have been made with the intention prejudicing the judgement expected to be delivered by the court this month end.
His justification for the meeting of one of the accused, a local CPI-M functionary, with his wife and MLA K K Lathika while being taken to hosptial a few weeks back also found serious fault with by the government and the ruling party.
In his response to the clarification sought by the Home Minister, Mr Jacob had expressed regret over his comments.
Chandrasekharan, who floated his own outfit RMP after quitting CPI(M), was hacked to death in May 2012 near his native village Onchiyam. Many of accused are local CPI-M workers, while the rest are goondas allegedly hired to execute the murder.