Ex-Army man's caste certificate rectified

The Sagar taluk adminstration in Shivamogga district swung into action on Thursday and issued a rectified caste certificate to ex-Army man John P J, whose name was dropped from the KPSC’s final selection list for the post of Sub-Inspector Excise, due to spelling mistake in the caste certificate.

Deccan Herald on Thursday had reported the 26/11 hero’s ordeal.

John, who was part of the National Security Guards (NSG) team during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, had approached the Upa Lokayukta after Sagar Tahsildar declined to rectify the mistake in the caste certificate.

 “I reached my hometown in the morning and got a call from the Tahsildar's office asking me to visit the office immediately with the original documents. The Assistant Commissioner’s office had directed the Tahsildar’s office to rectify the mistake subject to the production of original documents, as per the Upa Lokayukta’s direction.

 I am leaving for Bengaluru to produce the corrected caste certificate to the KPSC,” John told Deccan Herald.

A native of Toregadde near Sagar in Shivamogga district, John had applied for the post of Sub-Inspector Excise under category 3 B and army quota. After the final interview, his name was not considered due to a typographical error in the caste certificate. 

The initials in John’s and his father’s name were interchanged in the certificate, which had also gone into digital records. 

Later, he approached the Upa Lokayukta office seeking a direction to officials concerned to rectify the mistake. 

The caste certificate, issued by the Nemmadi Kendra in Sagar on August 9, 2012, was corrected on Thursday. 

John had served 18 years in the Army and also with the NSG as a Black Cat Commando. 

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