KOZHIKODE: From farmhouses to estates and apartments, IPS officers in Kerala own properties worth crores in prime locations. The richest? Going by the Immovable Property Returns (IPR) filed by the officers, Vigilance chief Jacob Thomas takes the cake at Rs 37 crore.
Following the top cop is a juniormost IPS probationer - Shilpa D - at Rs 6.82 crore. A distant second, with a drop of more than Rs 30 crore. Strangely, the ‘poorest’ among prominent officers in the list is ADGP Tomin J Thachankary. He owns property worth a mere Rs 27 lakh! DGP Loknath Behera posted Rs 1.10 crore while Crime Branch IG Dinendra Kashyap submitted property worth Rs 4.71 crore.
The IPR filed by Kerala cadre IPS officers details immovable properties owned by them and their immediate family members, including wife and children, with the Ministry of Home Affairs, as on January 1, 2017. The list includes property he/she inherited from forefathers.
The figures are based on the submission by each officer mentioning the present value of the properties owned by him/her. Of the 95 IPS officers who have filed their statements on immovable properties, nearly 33 officers have properties worth Rs 1 crore and above. As many as 26 officers have either mentioned the value of their property as “not assessed’ or “don’t know the current market rate.”
An IPS officer said the annual filing of statement on immovable property acts as a deterrent for officers to indulge in corruption. Former DGP C A Chaly, who was also ADGP (V&ACB), told Express this mandatory submission of immovable properties owned by the IPS officers and their immediate family members had brought in more transparency while evaluating the assets owned by an officer. “If someone senses any discrepancy in the statement filed by an officer, he/she can question it and the officer concerned will be liable to give an explanation,” he said.