Thiruvananthapuram: Director General of Police (Jails) Alexander Jacob was moved out from his post for his remarks on a controversial murder case.
"The government does not wish to be put under a cloud or any sort of suspicion and his remarks did not go well. We have given additional charge of this post to Additional Director General of Police T.P. Senkumar, the current intelligence chief," Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told reporters om Kottayam.
Jacob's removal marked the finale of days long row over alleged use of mobile phone and Facebook postings by some of the accused in the case lodged as undertrials in the district jail in Kozhikode.
Talking to media, Jacob had said the timing of the expose of prison rule violations was "suspect" and appeared to have been made with the intention prejudicing the judgement expected to be delivered by the court this month end.
His justification for the meeting of one of the accused, a local CPI-M functionary, with his wife and MLA K K Lathika while being taken to hosptial a few weeks back also found serious fault with the government and the ruling party.
In his response to the clarification sought by Home Minister, Jacob had expressed regret over his comments.
Chandrasekharan, who floated his own outfit RMP after quitting CPI-M, was hacked to death in May 2012 near his native village Onchiyam. Many accused are local CPI-M workers, apart from goondas allegedly hired to execute the murder.