The Central Administrative Tribunal in Ernakulam bench has directed the state Government to reinstate former Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas IPS in service with immediate effect. Former Vigilance Director was under suspension for last two years.
Tribunal bench of Ashish Kalia, Judicial Member, and E.K. Bharat Bhushan, Administrative member also directed the Government to assign him an appropriate post equivalent to his present rank of Director General of Police.
Administrative Tribunal observed:
It is trite law that suspension cannot take the form of punishment. Suspension from service of an employee is solely to be resorted to in order to facilitate an impartial inquiry.