IAS officer T.O. Sooraj suspended over DA allegations

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014,19:27 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala government today suspended senior IAS officer and Public Works Department Secretary T O Sooraj, who is facing vigilance case for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala have signed the file in this regard, sources at the Home Minister’s office said here. Vigilance officials had seized cash and documents during raids at the residences and office of Sooraj at Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram on November 19 in connection with a case of allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income.
Sooraj, who started his career as an officer at the state Forest Department was made IAS in 1999. An FIR has been registered against him at the Thrissur Vigilance Court. Chennithala had stated yesterday that the case against Sooraj was based on clear evidences and there was no politics in it.
Meanwhile, Chandy said in Kochi that law will take its course in the case (against Sooraj). When reporters sought more details on the case against the official, Chandy said, I am not supposed to tell you details about a case being handled by the Vigilance.
Reacting to the action against him, Sooraj said he knew many things about those who were pretending to be above board. I know many things about people who pretend to be good. But I am not revealing them now. If I am compelled to do so, I will think about that, Sooraj told media persons in Kochi.
KPCC president V M Sudheeran said no politics need to be read into the development, alluding to reports that Sooraj was close to sections in the Indian Union Muslim League, a key partner in the ministry.
Meanwhile, BJP leader P S Sreedharan Pillai demanded investigation by a central agency into the disproportionate assets charge against Sooraj. Talking to reporters in Kozhikode, he also wanted a judicial probe into allegations of corruption in the Public Works Department, in which Sooraj was serving as Secretary.