Dredger scam; Government in the Supreme Court against Jacob Thomas 2022


The government has approached the Supreme Court against the High Court order quashing the dredger corruption case against former DGP Jacob Thomas. The state government has filed an appeal in court alleging that it concealed many details about the purchase of the dredger from Holland.

The government alleges that there was a serious breach of contract, including the purchase of the dredger. The dredger was purchased from a Dutch company when Jacob Thomas was director of the Ports Department. The vigilance probe had found corruption in the deal. It was then that the case was filed against Jacob Thomas.

The decision to buy the dredger was taken by a purchase committee comprising three government representatives. But the case was registered only in the name of Thomas Jacob. From 2009 to 2014, Jacob Thomas served as Director of the Ports Department.

The High Court had on November 1 quashed the vigilance case against Jacob Thomas. The High Court dismissed the case on the ground that the allegations in the FIR prepared on the basis of the vigilance inquiry were baseless.

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