Birthday bash lands Kerala Transport Commissioner in trouble


With controversy brewing over the celebrations of state Transport Commissioner Tomin J
Thachankary’s birthday in various offices of Motor Vehicles Department in Kerala, Transport Minister A K Saseendran on Thursday directed the chief secretary to look into the matter.

Photo: The Hindu
Photo: The Hindu

The minister, who is away in New Delhi, today directed chief secretary S M Vijayanand to examine if any circular had been issued by Thachankary, directing birthday celebrations in
all RTO offices in the state.

Thachankary, a 1984-batch IPS officer, cut cakes and distributed sweets at various functions in Kochi on Wednesday, while elsewhere in the state, the department staff handed down
cakes and ladoos on the occasion.

As the issue became a talking point, Thachankary claimed he had spent money for the celebrations from his own pocket and hence there was no need to whip up any controversy.

The senior IPS officer has always been dogged by controversies, ranging from allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income and making frequent trips abroad without seeking government’s permission.