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Jacob Thomas

IPS
Born (1960-05-15) May 15, 1960 (age 59)
Alma materSt. George’s College, Aruvithura
Kerala Agricultural University
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
IIM Ahmedabad
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy
Police career
AllegianceIndian Police Service
DepartmentKerala Police
Service years32
StatusDirector General of Police
RankDirector General of Police
Awards
Websitewww.jacobthomasips.com

Jacob Thomas (b. 1960) is an Indian Police Service officer, writer, researcher and a former director of the Institute of Management in Government (IMG), the apex training institute of the Government of Kerala. He is also a former Director General of Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB), Kerala.[1] and a recipient of the President's Police Medal for meritorious service as well as the Newsmaker of the Year Award of Malayala Manorama.

Biography[edit]

Born on May 15, 1960 at Teekoy, a village in Kottayam district of the south Indian state of Kerala, Jacob Thomas did his schooling at St. Mary’s High School in Teekoy after which he completed the pre-degree course at St. George's College Aruvithura bfore graduating in agricultural science from Kerala Agricultural University.[2] Subsequently, he secured master's and doctoral degrees in agronomy, studying at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and, later, obtained a second doctoral degree in human resources development. He also earned a postgraduate diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development. In 1984, he passed the Indian Administrative Service to be inducted into the service in 1985.[3]

Jacob Thomas is married to Daisy.[4]

Career[edit]

Thomas started his police service in 1987 as an assistant superintendent of police, his initial postings were at Thodupuzha and Kasaragod and in 1989, he was promoted as the superintendent of police at the crime investigation department, a post he held until 1991 when he was appointed as the managing director of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala Limited.[5] His next posting was at the Kerala State Horticulture Products Development Corporation (Horticorp), as its managing director in 1993.[6] He went back to police service in 1997 as the Commissioner of Police of Kochi[7] and returned to crime investigation department as a deputy inspector general (DIG) in 1998 but his tenure there was short as he was moved to the Kerala Women's Commission as its director the next year. He held the post for almost five years before moving to the Motor Vehicles Department of the Government of Kerala in 2003 as the joint transport commissioner.[8]

The next posting of Thomas was as the chief investigation officer of the Kerala State Human Rights Commission in 2003, followed by postings as the senior advisor of administration at the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, in 2004 and as the chairman and managing director of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation, the same year.[3] He became the chairman of the board of directors of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation,[9] simultaneously serving as a member of the board of governors of Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, as a member of the board of directors of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and as the managing director of the Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation[10] during the period until 2010 when he was appointed as the managing director of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation.[5][11] He also held the position of the director of ports.[12]

Jacob Thomas was promoted as the additional director general of police in 2014 with a placement at the Lokayukta and later at the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau as its director, a post he held until 2015.[13] He returned to head the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2016, in between he served as the director general of the Fire and Rescue Services, Civil Defense and Home Guards and as the chairman and managing director of the Kerala Police Housing And Construction Corporation. In 2017, he was appointed as the director general of the Institute of Management in Government, apex training institute of the Government of Kerala,[14][15] but was suspended from service in December 2017.[16] Though he was reinstated after the period of suspension, he was served a second suspension notice in April 2018, citing the publication of his autobiography as the reason.[17] In December 2018, his suspension was extended by another six months.[18] In March 2019, he resigned from police service,[19] reportedly to contest the 2019 Indian general election from Chalakudy where Innocent, the sitting member and Benny Behanan, had already announced their candidatures.[20][21]

Other activities[edit]

Jacob Thomas has been involved with a number of non-governmental organizations such as Top Centre, Darshan, and ExcelKerala, the last one a platform for open exchange of information on governance.[22] He has also been associated with several international agencies such as UNICEF, UNDP, KAF, Department for International Development and Ford Foundation. He authored two books on management, Strategic Management[23] and Environmental Management,[24] besides two other books, Kaaryavum Kaaranavum, a memoirs on his service life[25] and Sraavukalkoppam Neenthumpol (Swimming With The Sharks), his autobiography.[26]

Awards and honours[edit]

Jacob Thomas, who has been the captain of the Athletics team of the National Police Academy and the recipient of the best probationer of the academy, was selected as the Newsmaker of the Year 2015 by Manorama News.[27] He received the Presidents Police Medal for Meritorious Service from the President of India in 2016.[28]

Controversies[edit]

Jacob Thomas, whose actions over the years have earned him the tag of a rebel cop, has been involved in a number of controversies during his career.[3] In January 2017, a writ petition was filed against him at the Muvattupuzha Vigilance Court alleging corrupt practices while he was heading the Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation.[9] His actions as the vigilance director against two additional chief secretaries and E. P. Jayarajan. the then minister of industries, are reported to have forced Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of Kerala, to ask him to go on leave and his return to service was as the head of the Institute of Management in Government, an administrative position.[29] Earlier, he had alleged that his actions against political leaders such as R. Balakrishna Pillai, C. Divakaran and K. Babu were the reasons for removing him from the post of the vigilance director in his first stint.[30] His investigation in the bar bribery case involving K. M. Mani, former finance minister, also attracted media attention.[31]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Thomas, Jacob (2014). Environmental Management. Pearson India.
  • Thomas, Jacob (2015). Strategic Management. Pearson India. ISBN 978-93-325-3540-4.
  • Thōmas, Jacob (2017). Kaaryavum Kaaranavum. Kottayam, Kerala State, India: DC Books. ISBN 9789386680259. OCLC 1027034869.
  • Thomas, Jacob (2017). Sraavukalkoppam Neenthumpol. Current Books. ISBN 978-8122613957.

See also[edit]


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References[edit]

  1. "Jacob Thomas appointed as IMG Director". english.mathrubhumi.com. Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. "Home - Dr.Jacob Thomas IPS". www.jacobthomasips.com. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Now in favour, now out, Kerala cop Jacob Thomas who often takes on high-ups". The Indian Express. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  4. "K'taka asks Kerala IPS officer Jacob Thomas' wife to leave". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Achievements - Dr.Jacob Thomas IPS". www.jacobthomasips.com. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  6. "Officials – Horticorp". 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  7. "Former Chiefs". Kochi City Police. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  8. "List of Joint Transport Commissioners/Additional Transport Commissioners". Motor Vehicles Department. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Reporter, Staff (2017-01-12). "Court to consider plea against Jacob Thomas on January 19". The Hindu. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  10. "Kerala Vigilance chief Jacob Thomas gets clean chit". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  11. Media, CPPR (2016-01-06). "11th Quarterly Lecture by Dr. Jacob Thomas IPS". Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  12. "Vigilance investigation against Jacob Thomas". Keralakaumudi Daily. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  13. "DGP Jacob Thomas takes charge as director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  14. "Former directors". img.kerala.govin. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  15. "Jacob Thomas returns as IMG director". Deccan Chronicle. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  16. M.K, Nidheesh (2017-12-20). "Kerala government suspends DGP Jacob Thomas". livemint.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  17. "Kerala government suspends DGP Jacob Thomas again". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  18. "Kerala DGP Jacob Thomas suspension extended 6 months". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  19. "DGP Jacob Thomas quits, set to contest LS polls". OnManorama. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  20. "Kerala Top Cop Who Was Once Suspended, Quits To Contest Lok Sabha Polls". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  21. Anand, G. (2019-03-22). "DGP Jacob Thomas may contest in Chalakudy". The Hindu. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  22. "Excelkerala team". excelkerala.in. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  23. Thomas, Jacob (2015). Strategic Management. Pearson India. ISBN 978-93-325-3540-4.
  24. Thomas, Jacob (2014). Environmental Management. Pearson India.
  25. Jacob, Thōmas (2017). Kaaryavum Kaaranavum. Kottayam, Kerala State, India: DC Books. ISBN 9789386680259. OCLC 1027034869.
  26. Thomas, Jacob (2017). Sraavukalkoppam Neenthumpol. Current Books. ISBN 978-8122613957.
  27. "Jacob Thomas struggled to clean up the system, inspired many: Rajdeep Sardesai". OnManorama. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  28. "Presidents Police Medal for Meritorious Service". keralapolice.gov.in. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  29. "Jacob Thomas appointed IMG Director". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  30. "Kerala awaits IPS officer Jacob Thomas' 'tell all' autobiography". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  31. "The Rise of Jacob Thomas IPS as an anti-corruption crusader". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.

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