Senior IAS officers in the Kerala have taken strong exception to the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau's action in conducting ‘an examination’ at the residence of additional chief secretary (finance) KM Abraham in the name of investigation, without following standard procedures.
At least six IAS officers of the rank of principal secretary and above met chief secretary S M Vijayanand and registered their strong protest against the way vigilance sleuths conducted the examination at Abraham's residence on Wednesday, while only the wife of the officer was at home.
The vigilance team conducted the examination as part of a probe into the disproportionate assets allegation against Abraham. The officers believe the action was intended only to humiliate Abraham. It is learnt that the chief secretary has taken the up matter with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Nevertheless, the IAS association is yet to take a call on how to react to the ongoing actions of the vigilance against its members.
According to sources, vigilance did not have the warrant or permission to enter the house. Law mandates either a warrant or the consent of the property owner for a search in a house. "In exceptional cases, after registering a case, the sleuths can enter a house without a warrant after informing the magistrate," a top police officer said. He said that these rules are applicable even in the case of government offices.